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7 Tips for Fall Car Maintenance

Now that the cooler weather has started to arrive and the leaves are changing to beautiful yellow, orange, and red hues, it’s time to go through your car fall maintenance checklist. Doing some routine maintenance on your car now will help prepare it for winter and help reduce the chances of getting into a weather-related accident or getting stuck in a snowdrift somewhere in the months ahead.

Here are seven fall car maintenance tips that will help keep you safe this winter.

1. Check/replace your wiper blades.
Over time and use, wiper blades wear down and no longer work as well to remove rain and snow. This causes visibility problems when the weather turns nasty and can be downright dangerous. Check your wiper blades to ensure that they are still flexible and free from cracks – and if you need to - replace them.

2. Check your fluids.
Speaking of windshields, you also want to make sure that you have enough anti-freeze wiper fluid to clean your windshield of the winter grime that is surely going to get kicked up on your vehicle within the coming months. Consider keeping a spare container of anti-freeze wiper fluid in the car in case you run out. While you’re at it, you should also get the other fluids like brake fluid, power steering fluid and transmission fluid checked and topped up if necessary.

3. Test your heater and defroster.
Before the weather gets too cold, you will want to ensure that your heating and defrosting systems are in good working order. If they are not warming your car up the way they should, schedule a repair before the real winter weather hits.

4. Check/change your oil.
Without the proper amount of clean engine oil in your car, your vehicle will start to break down and eventually it will require expensive repairs. Check your oil to see if you need a top-up or if you are due for an oil change.

5. Consider getting winter tires.
All insurance companies now provide discounts for winter tires. To qualify for your discount, they must be installed from November 1 to April 1. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber than all-season tires that gives you more control of your vehicle in the colder weather. Generally, it is recommended that winter tires be put on when the weather gets down to around 7 degrees C.

6. Get your brakes checked.
Your brakes are perhaps the most important safety feature on your car. Ensuring that you have enough stopping power is critical to avoiding or mitigating accidents. Fortunately, most car shops will check your brakes as part of their regular service when you are getting your oil changed or having your winter tires put on.

7. Have your battery checked.
The last thing you want to have to deal with on a blustery winter morning is a car that won’t start. Check your battery now so you won’t have to deal with this problem later. Check to make sure that your battery still has enough power, is not corroded, and does not have any loose connections.

From ICD Insurance Brokers, we wish you a happy fall and safe driving this winter. And, if you need a quote on car insurance, please give us a call to speak with one of our brokers.