November in the O’Fallon, IL area represents the perfect example of fall. The leaves are changing colors, the temperature begins to drop, and we see snow and rain more frequently. Most drivers in this area have vehicles that will end driving in these wet fall weather conditions. To properly prepare for this fall season, and the upcoming winter season, regular car maintenance is key to helping you navigate those tricky winter roads. We have created a list of fall car maintenance tips that you should follow before the weather gets too cold.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Make sure to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, including the spare. This is because tires can lose one pound of pressure for every drop of 10- degrees Fahrenheit. This is important to make sure that your vehicle has enough pressure it its tires. Also, inspect your tires for bulges or bald spots. If you notice these take them to your local O’Fallon, IL tire experts to help you replace them, before the harsh winter season.
Also, make sure to check the tread depth of your vehicle’s tires before winter hits. A way to check the tread depth is by placing a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If a part of the head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32” of tread depth remaining. This is the recommended depth by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Switch over to Winter Tires
When the weather in the O’Fallon, IL area drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the all-season tire’s ability to grip the road decreases. Severe winter weather can also provide a challenge for drivers who do not have winter tires put on their vehicles due to a large amount of snow and ice we tend to get. As part of your fall car maintenance make the switch to winter tires.
Check Your Breaks During Your Car Maintenance
During the fall season make sure that you double-check your vehicle’s brake system. This is best during this time because brakes are vital for driving on icy or snow-covered roads. It is best to think ahead versus when you start to hear a squeaking noise.
Charge Your Vehicle’s Battery
Check your vehicle’s battery connections to make sure they are clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Cold midwestern weather can be hard on your vehicle’s battery so you will want to make sure you check the battery during your fall car maintenance. If the battery in your vehicle is more than three years old, you may want to consider replacing it since there are no warning signs for a battery that is failing.
If you are unsure about what you should be preparing for this fall season when it comes to your vehicle, give us at Rowan’s Tire a call today!