If you live in the New England area, you know that September means a few things: pumpkin mazes, colorful views of the countryside, and that winter is lurking right around the corner. Your vehicle handles the relatively easy summer, but the winter is fast approaching and only the fall season stands between you and the cold, wintery weather. How do you prepare your vehicle to survive the winter during the fall months? We have some tips to follow that will help you get ready!

Steps to Follow during the Fall Months for Your Vehicle

Here are a few simple maintenance guidelines to follow that will help you prepare for when the winter season hits:

  • Check Your Car Battery- inspect all of the cables and terminals to ensure that they fit snugly and clean any of the connections of dirt. Check for corrosion, as well.
  • Inspect Your Headlights- With age, headlights can start to become cloudy or hazy especially when your vehicle is parked outside. This can compromise your safety. Have the inside of the lights cleaned with a restoration kit to help prevent this.
  • Take a Look at Your Tires- Tires wear out and ones that have less tread are more apt to have traction issues especially in the winter. Make sure you inspect your tires to determine the tread and purchase snow tires if you can.
  • Purchase New Wipers- Your windshield wipers typically need to be changed every 6 to 12 months as they can leave streaks over time that can compromise your ability to see in bad conditions. Have them changed out if needed, or just clean them with a paper towel and glass cleaner.

This list isn't all-inclusive, but it's a good place to start preparing your vehicle for the winter ahead. Our service center is happy to help, so if you want anything to be inspected, give us a call and we'll take care of everything for you! Get ready in the fall and the winter won't surprise you!

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