Fall weather comes with its own set of circumstances that you have to be prepared for when you’re on the road. Prepare your truck for the change in weather by following these suggestions.
Maintain Your Levels
Maintain the levels and condition of your oil and antifreeze. At the start of the season, check the status of your oil. It’s a good idea to do so before the temperatures get too cold as the harshness can put more stress on your engine. Around the same time, you should also check your antifreeze to ensure that it will operate as it should, preventing your engine from overheating, the buildup of scale, and corrosion.
When the temperatures begin to dip, you should always keep a higher level of fuel in your gas tank. A fuller tank will make it easier for your car to start in the morning after it’s been sitting in the cold air overnight. Even with a quarter tank of gas in your tank, you may begin to experience problems when trying to start up your car. Therefore, it’s always the best practice, especially before any forecasted rain or snow, to head to the gas station and then fill up your tank.
Check Your Vehicle
As you know, many components are working together to keep your vehicle running. With that in mind, make sure that you have them checked to ensure that they are all operating as they should. This includes your heater, defroster, wiper blades, and other functions essential to safe driving in the fall and into the winter. You should also double check the condition of your brakes as the change in weather can put more pressure on them, considering you’ll need more time to stop on wet roads.
It’s better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. Thus, preparation is always better than hindsight. There’s a list of supplies that you should keep in your car in the fall and winter. Start by keeping a set of gloves, hats, some scarves, and an emergency blanket in the trunk of your car. In the event of a breakdown, you’ll be able to stay relatively warm. You should also keep a flashlight, jumper cables, a spare tire and jack, and even nonperishable snacks.
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