How to Prep Your Car for Fall Driving Conditions

How to Prep Your Car for Fall Driving Conditions

Try out these suggestions to get your car ready for fall.

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to start prepping for fall.  For instance, you should take steps to prep your car for the change in weather and driving conditions.  Here are some of the things that you can do to get your car ready this fall.

  • Tire Tread

Wet weather and fallen leaves can create slick roadways during the fall months.  If your car’s tires are worn down, then they will not have enough traction to grip the road.  This will increase your chances of skidding and losing control of the vehicle.  To stay safe, inspect the tread on your tires to verify that it is at least 3/32 of an inch deep. If your tread is less than 3/32 of an inch deep, then you need to replace your tires immediately.  A good way to measure your tire tread is with the penny test.  Insert a penny into your tread with the top of Lincoln’s head facing the tire.  If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, then your tread is too shallow, and it’s time for a tire replacement.

  • Headlights and Tail Lights

During the fall months, the days get shorter and the nights get longer.  This means that you will likely spend more time driving in the dark.  To ensure your visibility, you need to make sure that your car’s headlights and high beams are operating as normal.  You should also check to make sure that your tail lights, brake lights, and indicator lights are also working as well.  This will ensure that other drivers see your vehicle and anticipate your next driving maneuvers.

  • Windows and Windshield

Because the days get shorter during fall, there’s an increased chance that you will be driving during sunrise or sunset.  While the sun glare affects your visibility as it is, things are even worse when your windows and windshield are smudged or dirty.  Simply giving your car a good cleaning will do wonders for your visibility while driving.

  • Cosmetic Issues

While a small nick or scratch on your car’s paint doesn’t seem like a major deal, fall weather conditions can turn cosmetic issues into a major problem.  For instance, water can seep into a small nick and pull more paint away from your car’s exterior.  When this paint chips off, it can leave your car exposed to the elements, increasing your chances of rust and other wear and tear.  Rather than allowing a small issue to wreak havoc, make sure you make cosmetic repairs to your car as soon as possible.

Take these steps to get your car ready for the change in seasons.  Want another way to take care of your car?  Then make sure you have the right auto insurance in place.  For assistance with all your car coverage needs, contact the experts at Steve Wilk Insurance.  Check out our new office today at 310 S Main Street, Suite C, Lombard, IL 60148.