YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The first day of fall is just around the corner. Is your car ready for the change in season?
Although it doesn’t feel much like it Tuesday afternoon, the start of fall is just two days away. Car experts say you should have your car prepped for winter weather before the leaves hit the ground.
The first thing on your to-do list should be checking your battery. An older car battery does not hold up as well in cold temperatures.
Some car stores offer free battery testing. Haus Auto Group will be offering safety check-ups through the end of October. The Ohio Insurance Institute also offered several tips for winterizing a car’s battery.
Windshield wipers are also something that should be changed out before the colder weather arrives. Many places recommend using a winter blade that holds up in the snow and sleet.
“Most importantly, when the snow flies, you want to look at tire depth. You want to look at tread depth. You want to go to a professional mechanic, have them gauge your tread depth. Make sure you have enough tread so that when you are getting in the icy and snowy conditions, it is safe,” said Chris Haus, of Haus Auto Group.
Haus said if you use the penny trick to check your tire tread depth, it’s important to make sure you are checking multiple spots as tires tend to wear differently.
He says a quick trip to the mechanic to have things checked out before the cold weather arrives may save you a few bucks along the line.