The Best Safety Checks to Prepare Your Vehicle For Fall

Where did summer ’16 disappear to? It seems like it passed before our eyes in a flash. Ah well, summer is gone and it’s officially the second day of Autumn.

Time to start carvin’ pumpkins, stockpiling your candy for Halloween… and… prepare your vehicle for winter.

There’s still time before the snow hits. And now is the best time to get your vehicle ready for the cold weather.

In this article, we’re going to give you the best vehicle safety checks to prepare your vehicle for fall. This will make sure your vehicle is winter-ready, so that it makes it through to spring in the best shape possible.

The best safety checks to prepare your vehicle for fall

Most people only check their vehicle once and a while. And usually we only bother checking our car when something goes wrong.

It can be hard to remember in the shuffles of life… but there’s an easy (and fast) way to give your vehicle a check up on your own… or in our five-star service garage.

Not only is it in your best interest to get it done early, but it’s also a good measure to take whenever the driving conditions change.

Why? Well, you can avoid major damage to your vehicle… and… prepare for the harsher driving conditions… as long as you get it done early.

So make sure you follow these best safety checks before it’s too late…

The Best Safety Checks to Prepare Your Vehicle For Fall


1. Make sure everything on the exterior is in working order.

  • Check to make sure your brakes are working perfectly and aren’t grinding whenever you hard-brake. This could cause your vehicle to slide on ice during the winter.
  • Make sure the treads on your tires aren’t worn out. If you haven’t changed to snow tires yet, then now may be the best time to get them put on. Direct Auto Mall’s service department would be glad to help you. Bad weather and road hazards require accurate stopping power. For your safety, it’s in your best interest to make sure your brakes and tires are in tip-top condition.
  • Check all of your headlights, fog lights, brake lights… and ANY other lights that are on your exterior. Make sure they’re working correctly… and… make sure they’re clean so that you get the best visibility when you drive. There’s nothing worse than being caught in a snow storm and not being able to see anything.
  • Make sure your wiper blades are working properly. You might even want to replace them. Why? The purpose of your wipers is to keep your windshield clear. If there’s dents or cracks in them, you won’t be able to get the best visibility possible… which… can make driving very hazardous.
  • Look for cracks, leaks or splintering in all of your hoses underneath the hood. You may want to get this checked before winter hits, so that none of your lines freeze because of a pesky leak.
  • If there’s any rusting on the exterior of the car, you may want to get some body work done to patch up those holes. If not, the rust can spread throughout the rest of your car’s body… and… cost a pretty penny to fix in the long-run.

2. Check the interior of your car.

  • Make sure your heater, air conditioner and defroster are working. You won’t want to be uncomfortable during a car ride. If these aren’t working properly, you could fog up your windows… which… will lessen your visibility and make your driving conditions very unsafe.
  • Get your battery checked to make sure it’s pumping out the right amount of voltage. There’s nothing worse than being stranded in a snow storm in a parking lot waiting for somebody to come and give you a boost. Have yours checked by our trained technicians and replace it if need be. If you see signs of rusting or loose connections, then you probably should get it fixed.
  • Check all of your fluid levels. That includes: washer fluid, transmission, brake and power steering fluids. For your safety, you will want all of them topped up.
  • Change your oil and air filter. You will want your car to be running as smooth as possible. Keeping your air filters up to date will make sure your system runs properly. If you need a hand, our technicians will be glad to help.

3. Give your car a proper detailing.

Make sure you’re going for regular car washes and maybe give it a detailing to touch it up. When your car is clean, it will prevent rusting and decaying of the vehicle’s body. The cleaner and more well-kept your car is, the better you will look while driving it.

Plus… when the municipal government starts salting up the roads, you will want to make sure you wash it at least once a week.

At Direct Auto Mall, we believe proper maintenance and servicing of your vehicle is crucial to make it run as if it were brand-new. If you don’t want to perform these safety checks on your own, let our friendly service technicians tune up your vehicle for you.

… or, if you want a new vehicle to kick off the season, check out our inventory and schedule a test drive at Direct Auto Mall today.

You can give us a call at 877-651-7166… or you can visit us at our lot on 154 Waverly Street in Framingham, Massachusetts.