• Britta Cech

Gearing Up for Cold: 6 Fall Car Care Tips

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

Fall is an idyllic time for long drives through the mountains or forests. You want to enjoy the changing leaves and beautiful scenery before winter comes.

Before you take that joy ride though, you need to check your car from roof to tires to make sure it stays in the best shape through the coming seasons.

How to Prep Your Car for Cold Weather

a red car on a street of tress with orange leaves

Start with the Tires

Worn tires with low pressure are one of the top reasons for spin outs and crashes on icy and wet roads. Tire pressure is also known to drop with the temperature, so keep a regular schedule of tire pressure maintenance this season. Make sure to check your tire tread depth, and look for signs of wear and tear like bulging or bald spots. When you’re sure the tires are ready for the season, check your tire pressure and be sure the PSI matches your owner’s manual recommendations.

Give the Lights a Once-Over

With the time change, lights are most important during fall and winter, as many people are going to and from work in partial darkness. Make sure to check out all your bulbs — headlights, brake lights, fog lights, and hi-beams — and give the covers a quick polish to keep them as bright as they can be.