Top 4 Fall Tips
1. Tire Tread and Pressure
For every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature, tires lose up to one pound of pressure, which gives you less traction on wintery roads. It's a good idea to switch summer tires to all-season tires during the fall, and to check your owner's manual for the exact pressure for your tires. We like using the penny method to check a tire's tread: situate a penny into the tread grooves in several areas on the tire. If you spot most of Lincoln's head, then your tire's treads are less than the recommended 2/32” (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Fall is an excellent transitional season to check your battery connections, since colder weather can affect and wear down your car battery. The connections should be tight, clean and free of discolored corrosion. Maybe have your battery tested, too. If it's more than three years old, it's a good idea to have it replaced to ensure that there are no hiccups while on the road.
3. Heating and Cooling
The heating and cooling systems in your vehicle are there for more than just a convenience; they can increase your safety, too, such as defrosting the windshield for an early-morning start. Making sure they perform well and stay clean make a difference.
With the sun rising later and later, you'll have to use your lights more often on your commute. Grab a friend to check that all of your lights are working—especially your brake lights. Be sure to replace broken or dead bulbs to be safe.