With the occurrence of the September Equinox, you’ll soon start to notice some changes. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, not only is this the day that the length of day and night is nearly equal – it’s also considered to be the first day of fall.
For those of you into science and astronomy, the equinox happens twice a year. It’s the point when the sun crosses the celestial equator. The word “equinox” is Latin. It means ‘equal night.’ It also means that it’s time to prepare your vehicle for a change in the weather.
Most of us have relatively mild Autumn weather, so we might not give the approaching winter months much thought at this time. But the fall months are the best time to get your vehicle ready for snow, sleet, and ice.
Many localities battle this by using chemicals or salt on the roads. It creates a highly corrosive mix that will quickly embed rust into even the smallest of scrapes and scratches. Get thee to a bodyshop or professional car detailer who can take care of repairing them. If you’re more of a DIY person, invest in a kit that’ll let you take care of things. The important thing is that you’ll invest from $30 to a couple hundred dollars to prevent the potential of thousands of dollars in rust repair caused by winter weather.
How are Your Tires?
Today’s all-season radial tires are usually capable of getting you through the winter months – unless you live in areas where heavy snowfall is a given. In either case, now is the time to ensure that your tires are in the right shape for snow and ice around the corner.
Wait a minute, did you check all your tires? Keep in mind that spare in the trunk. You might regularly check the air pressure on the rest of your tires – or your car has sensors that do it for you – but the spare usually doesn’t get the same level of attention. And that’s too bad because it’s there for an emergency. Make sure it’s ready.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
They’ve spent all summer in the blistering heat, which is why most automotive experts recommend changing wiper blades in the spring and fall. Even heavy-duty premium wiper blades are no match for everyday weather. Worn wiper blades will smear, rather than clear, snow and ice from your windshield. It’s a visibility risk, as well as a risk to your driving safety.
Clear Out Your Garage!
One of the best things you can do to prepare vehicles for fall and soon-to-come winter weather is to reclaim the garage as the place where they can sit out the worst of the season. Right now is also an excellent time to do something about insufficient garage space. We can help you with a new or extended metal and steel garage. Learn more.