Fall Has Officially Hit New England

September 25th, 2015 by

Fall Driving

Believe it or not, fall has officially hit New England, which means it’s time to start preparing for the impending winter weather. Before we reach hibernation season, it’s a good idea for every driver to ensure that everything in and on the vehicle is running smoothly. Some of these important diagnostic checks include:

  • Checking tire tread depth and pressure, or switching over to winter tires, if necessary
  • Checking or changing fluids in the car, such as antifreeze, wiper washer fluid and engine oil
  • Fixing a “check engine” light and the corresponding problems that triggered it
  • Making sure the car’s battery is running at optimum performance levels
  • Getting brakes checked to avoid slipping and sliding on icy roads

Although we recommend you follow each of the steps mentioned above, even the most prepared driver can sometimes run into a bit of trouble or an emergency. Be prepared for any event that comes your way this winter by keeping an emergency kit stashed in the vehicle at all times. Some things to include in such kits are:

  • Flares, reflective triangles or cones
  • A small first-aid kit
  • An extra cell phone charger
  • Snacks and water
  • Extra blankets and coats
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • Gloves
  • An ice scraper and shovel

Are you prepared for winter but would like a check of your vehicle to ensure your safety when the snow falls? Visit us at A-1 Toyota in New Haven for a complimentary winter vehicle inspection today! We’d love to help.

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