Five Ways to Care for Your Car This Fall

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, AAA urges drivers to prepare for the road ahead. October is Car Care Month, and the perfect time to get cars ready for winter. AAA automotive experts recommend drivers focus on five key areas to keep their cars running efficiently this winter.

    1. Check the battery: Nearly a quarter of AAA’s winter calls for roadside assistance in Ohio are battery-related. Starting an engine in cold weather requires a fully charged battery in good condition, yet two-thirds of drivers never check their battery before it dies. If your battery is at least 3 years old or has sat for extended periods of time this year, have a technician test it before winter hits.battery testing
    1. Change the oil: One of the most important things you can do for your car is to change your oil regularly. Between changes, check the oil and fluid levels monthly. Always make sure to use the right oil for your car. Find your nearest Car Care Plus store to schedule an oil change today!
    1. Check your tires and wheel alignment: Tires are the main point of contact with the road and are vital to road safety. Cooler weather decreases tire pressure, which makes tires more susceptible to uneven wear and damage. To avoid issues, have your alignment checked annually.
    1. Change your filters: Air filters clean the engine, and cabin filters clean the air inside your vehicle. All vehicles have air filters, but not all have cabin filters. To determine whether or not your car has a cabin filter, check the vehicle owner’s manual, or ask your technician. Both filters should be changed annually.
    1. Ensure good visibility: Wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Automotive experts recommend changing wiper blades every six months or when they leave streaks or miss spots. Headlights should be clear and in working order. If they appear yellow or cloudy, replace the lens or have them restored to improve your visibility.

For more car care tips and to find local AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, visit AAA.com/AutoRepair.

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