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Should you get your car checked during fall?

Getting your car checked before summer seemed to be a clear "yes," especially if you planned at least one long road trip. After all, winter was likely hard on your vehicle, and it needed some TLC. Now, you have had a wonderful summer, and it is fall. Does your car need another look-over?

The answer is yes, it probably does, especially since an episode of winter can encroach into autumn territory.

Fall weather

Days become shorter and darker in fall. Leaves, often wet, clutter the roadways. Thus, car headlights, tires and brakes should be in prime working condition. Summer road trips could have taken a toll on your car, one that you might not realize until you try to brake suddenly and the car takes longer than usual to stop. For example, bicyclists love Colorado. They ride to work, to school and for fun. You want to ensure that your car can slow down or stop when necessary if you see a cyclist.

Winter weather creeping in

Ice, snow and frost do not always wait until, say, January to start. It is possible to get episodes of winter weather in November and December, and having your car tuned up in early fall ensures that it is in the best shape to handle whatever Mother Nature tries to toss your way. And if you live in higher elevations, you no doubt know that a touch of wintry weather could head your way even in late September or early October.

Some necessary areas to look at include whether your windshield wipers need changing and if your emergency kit needs updating (you never know when a car accident or malfunction could leave you stranded). It should contain a flashlight, tire chains, blankets, flares, boots and other clothing items to keep you warm. Now is probably also a good time to retrieve ice scrapers and other winter gear from storage.

By having your car checked out in the fall, you ensure that it can handle fall's unique dangers well. You are also ready for winter weather, which can start unexpectedly early.


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