How to Care for Your Car during Fall Car Care Month

Read on for a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your car this season.

October is Fall Car Care Month and a little maintenance can go a long way. While harsh weather may still be far off, there are a few things you can do now to make sure you’re ready for it when it does hit. If you choose to get your car professionally serviced, you can click here for our list of approved auto repair shops. But there is plenty you can do by yourself to prepare your car for what lies ahead as the season takes a turn for the chillier. Here are the top three things you can do to get your car ready for the fall:

  1. HVAC system – Make sure that your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is in good working order. Not only is the system important for your own personal comfort while driving, but they are critical once temperatures get below freezing. Frosted windshields affect visibility and can make driving dangerous, so ensure that your defroster is working properly and get it fixed as soon as possible if it’s not.
  2. Wiper blades – You might not have had to use them much over the summer but with the rainier weather here now and snow on the way it’s critical to make sure that your blades are in good shape. Watch out for chips and cracks that leave your windshield with streaks or missed spots – these can limit your field of vision and cause distractions while driving. Remember that wiper blades used regularly should be replaced every six months. Don’t forget to top up your windshield wiper fluid while you’re at it!
  3. Battery – Making sure that batteries are in good working order for the winter comes down to three things: keeping the connections clean, tight and free of corrosion. Make sure that they’re juiced up since they don’t give warning signs before they fail. Remember to replace your batteries every three years.

Be proactive and get the most out of your car this season just by investing a little time to make sure that your car will run well this winter. And be sure to check out our new episode of “Car Care with Karla” on our YouTube channel, featuring CAA Northeast & Ontario’s automotive expert Michael talking about fall car care tips for new drivers: