Wicked winter weather is still a ways off, but autumn brings its own special set of driving hazards and car care requirements. Get a head start with these fall driving safety tips to get your car ready for fall driving.
Fall Road Hazards
- Falling leaves turn to slimy slick patches that can be as dangerous as ice. They make it hard to see potholes and curbs. Elsewhere, in drought-stricken western states, parking over tinder-dry leaves could cause your catalytic converter to ignite a fire.
- Keep an eye out for early frost on bridges and shaded sections of roadways
- Fall is mating season for deer and running into one will ruin your car and your day. Be alert, especially between dusk and dawn.
- Shifting temperature in fall increase the chance of fog, particularly in low-lying areas. If you have to drive in fog, drive slower and keep your headlights on.
- The sun is setting sooner, creating blinding glare earlier. Invest in decent sunglasses, keep your windshield clean and leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead.
- Kids are back in school. Watch out for them as well as joggers and bicyclists.
Fall Driving Safety Tips
- Is your battery three years or older? Have it checked and replace it or at least make sure the connections are tight and corrosion-free.
- Have your wheels aligned, rotate your tires and replace those with uneven or excessive wear.
- Check your brake linings, rotors and drums for wear.
- Make sure your heater and ventilation system is working properly to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Replace worn windshield wiper blades and fill up the washer reservoir.
- Keep your headlamps clean and properly aligned.
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