Yup, it’s that time of year again. For kids, fall means going back to school after a nice long summer. For adults, it means raking up the falling leaves and getting ready for the winter season. In order to help you get ready for the winter months, we’ve put together a list of some fall car care tips to get you ready for the dropping temperatures.
Getting your Car Ready for Winter
It’s always better to prepare before something happens than to try to find a solution once it does. That’s why it’s important to get your car ready sooner rather than trying to figure out what to do if you’re stuck in the middle of a blizzard. You can get your car ready for the winter by:
- Ensuring your battery has a full charge. Batteries lose their power in dropping temperatures, so make sure it has a full charge going into the winter.
- Getting all season tires. Although it doesn’t snow in Albuquerque all that much, the roads can be frequently covered in ice. All-season tires with good tread can help reduce or prevent skidding.
- Changing your wiper blades. Fall and winter means rain, snow and hail. Give yourself the ability to see clearer in these conditions with new wiper blades.
- Packing a survival kit. This is a just-in-case preparation. Like we said earlier, Albuquerque doesn’t get a whole lot of snow. But when we do, things go a little haywire and you never know when you might need something to get you through the night in your car. Pack things like blankets and warm clothing, a candle, flashlight, food and water.
- Checking your heater. It’s no fun to realize on the first really cold winter morning that your heater is broken. You’ll be left at the back of the line at your mechanic’s shop full of people who realized the same thing.
- Getting a full maintenance check. The last thing you want is to break down when the temperature is down in the low-teens, especially if the problem was preventable. Get everything from your exhaust pipes to your engine checked out by one of our experienced technicians so you won’t have to be stranded this winter.
All of these preparations can be spread out throughout the fall season to get ready for winter! Prepare early so you don’t have to stress about it later.