As much as fall can be a fantastic time of year, it typically brings a wide range of challenging driving conditions with it as well, making it vital that you and your ride are ready for just about anything. The following simple tips provide a great place to start.
Switch your tires
Now that summer is officially over and the temperatures are starting to drop, it is time to start thinking about your tires, because those colder conditions cause the rubber in summer and all-season tires to harden, undermining their ability to maintain traction with the road. For best results, as soon as it is consistently colder than 7°C where you live, switch back over to your winter treads, as their rubber is specially designed to resist hardening, not to mention that their aggressive treads make carving through rain and snow a whole lot easier.
Replace the wipers
With all that classic fall rain and winter snow ahead, you are going to need your windshield wipers to be at their absolute best; therefore, unless your wipers are straight, sturdy, and fit snuggly against your windshield, now is the time to replace them. Thankfully, this fast, cheap, and easy upgrade is one that you can do yourself and you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to do so in your Vehicle Owner’s Manual.
Clean every inch
A summer’s worth of active living can leave your vehicle looking and feeling worse for wear, making it vital that you take the time to give it a thorough cleaning now. Start by washing every inch of the exterior, including all of those hard to reach places, and get the most powerful vacuum you can find to clean all those interior fabrics. Finally, wind down the windows and hit the highway for a decent length drive, as this is a great way to flush out any unpleasant odours that have accumulated.
Have the battery tested
Winter can be particularly hard on an ageing battery, leaving you vulnerable when you need it most, so do yourself a favour and have your battery tested for its ability to hold a charge now. Regardless, if it has been more than 3 or 4 years since you last replaced your battery, do so this year, because even a high-quality battery won’t last forever.
Top up your road kit
You should have a well-stocked emergency road kit in your vehicle at all times, especially during winter, when an unexpected issue can leave you stranded for an extended period of time in dangerously cold conditions. For best results, ensure that your winter road kit has at least the following items;
Extra gloves, toques, socks, and sweaters
Candles & waterproof matches
A fully charged cellphone
Need help preparing your Honda for fall? If so, we’ve got you covered here at Lloydminster Honda, where our team of skilled, knowledgeable, and friendly professionals are always happy to help. If you are looking to upgrade your ride this year, we can help with that too. Just give us a call, connect online, or come by and see us in person at 1904 50th Ave in Lloydminster today.