Is Your Vehicle Ready for Fall and Winter?

Car driving in winterWith the change in the weather comes a whole new set of concerns for the car owner. Just a few weeks ago, staying cool was a top priority in preparing for your summer vacation, but for the fall and winter months the focus changes. Colder months bring much more extreme weather that can be difficult to drive in and require a lot more of your vehicle than dry, hot weather. This changes the focus of your car maintenance, but with these 5 simple areas you will be off to a good Autumn beginning.

1. Check the Heater and Defrosters

With all the Texas heat, just thinking about your heater is pretty miserable. But this is the time to check it out and make sure that everything is functioning properly. This also goes for the defroster, as defrosting your windshields eventually becomes a morning ritual for some of us. Also, it may be time to change out the air filters as well.

2. Tires

If Texas gets as much ice as last year, we’re in for some tricky driving conditions. This is why its so important to check your tire pressure, the tread depth, and any bulges or bald spots on the tire. If you’re tires are beginning to show a bit too much wear and tear it may be time to choose new tires for your vehicle.

3. Replace windshield wipers and washer fluid

Windshield washer fluid should be changed out to a solvent that is made specifically for cold weather so that it won’t freeze at an inopportune moment. With cold weather and ice comes lots of sand or other substances to help  and replacing your windshield wipers once a year is a must. It is a very simple thing to do, and if done right before the cold weather starts coming through will give you the tools you need to be able to see clearly in all kinds of inclimate weather.

4. Brakes

Brakes are always important, no matter the time of year, but never more so than when you’re driving on slick and icy roads. This should be a thorough check of the brake system, and remember to always tell your mechanic if you’ve experienced any issues with your braking system.

5. Check Light Bulbs and Lenses

Whether its on your headlights or hazards, you should check to be sure that the light bulbs are bright and that lenses are clean. With more dark hours in the day, strong, clear lighting becomes much more important than in the bright and sunny summer months. It’s also just as important that other people can see you as well as you can see them.

If you are currently following your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule you should already have most of these items cared for. But it never hurts to check before any major weather changes that your vehicle is up to its new challenge.

If you need any assistance preparing for the cold months ahead, contact us and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you today!