4 easy adjustments to get your car ready for autumn

September 4th, 2015 by admin

With fall and winter's precipitous driving conditions just over the horizon, September is the perfect time to pop open the hood of your car for its regular check-up. While many vehicle repairs and maintenance projects require a mechanic's expertise, here are four quick tricks you can do right at home to get your car ready for the upcoming driving season. 

Change your wiper blades

Windshield wiper blades only have to be replaced once a year, and autumn is the perfect time to do so. Drivers typically use their wipers more in autumn and winter to combat fogged windows, rain, sleet and snow. It's also a good idea to get a new set that will be up for the additional wear they'll receive from road salt, sand and extra windshield washer fluid.

Check your spare tire

Autumn's drastically changing temperatures can cause your tire pressure to rise and fall as well, which can put you at risk for an unexpected flat tire. It's a good idea to check your spare tire to make sure it is well inflated and holding air. Then, practice raising and lowering the tire to ensure the cable holding it in place is in working condition. It's better to identify a problem with your spare in the September sun on your driveway than in a flurry come December. 

Top off your car's fluids

Every year before the temperature drops, check your car's windshield washer fluid and antifreeze reservoirs, topping them off if levels are low. While you're checking your vehicle's fluids, get in the habit of checking the brake fluid as well. 

Ensure your headlights are working 

While replacing your headlights can be more expensive than the previous maintenance tips, it may be the most important. Earlier sunsets, fog and rain all reduce visibility in autumn, increasing your reliance on headlights to see and be seen. 

To make sure you have a comprehensive auto insurance policy that can protect you and your vehicle against accidents this autumn, contact Fundy Mutual for an affordable car insurance quote