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Get Your Car Ready for Fall with a 10-Point Check

By September 23, 2013 June 9th, 2020 No Comments

Oklahoma City Auto InsuranceIn many U.S. states, the arrival of the fall signals a marked change in weather conditions. Driving in high winds and particularly wet conditions can significantly increase the chances of an accident or collision. By keeping your car in tip-top condition, you can ensure that you minimize the risk to yourself and your car. This 10-point inspection should be carried out as part of a regular program of preventative maintenance, as it will alert you to any issues before they cause a serious problem.

Checking the oil takes a matter of seconds, and it could avert a potentially dangerous engine seizure at high speeds. Simply pop the hood and remove the dipstick. Give it a quick wipe, and then reinsert it to get an accurate reading. Low levels should be topped up immediately, but you should take your car to a professional for further investigation.

Check the tire pressure once a week with a simple pressure gauge sold in most auto accessory stores. Tires that are not inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications have a greater chance of blowing out at high speeds.

Check power steering fluid once a week. This is a simple visual check that can be done at the same time as an oil check. A minimum level indicator will be visible on the side of the container, so the check takes a matter of seconds.

Check your wheel alignment every time you drive, as it could affect the handling of your car. If your car pulls slightly to one side during transit, you will need to take it to a professional for realignment.

Check your antifreeze and coolant at the same time as your oil check. As with power steering fluid, this is simply a matter of a quick visual check and topping up as necessary.

Check the treads on your tires once a week. The gap between treads needs to be at least 1/16 of an inch in most states. This can be checked by inserting a penny into the gap. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to change the tire. Also check for nails, bulges and slow punctures.

Check your transmission fluid once a month. This is usually a quick visual check that can be performed along with an oil check.

Check your lights every day. Before you set off on your first journey of the day, turn all your car lights on and walk around your vehicle. Ask a friend, neighbor or relative to verify that your brake lights are working or apply your brakes and check them via a reflective substance.

Check your spare tire once a month, as you may need to rely on it in the event of a roadside puncture.

Have your car serviced regularly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, as there are some issues that only a professional can identify and rectify.

Keeping your car in a good state of repair will not only keep you safe, but it could also lead to a reduction in your auto insurance premiums. Give Loftis & Wetzel a call at 855-360-0466, and we’ll be happy to discuss car maintenance and Oklahoma City Auto insurance in more detail.