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How to Keep Your Car Road Ready as the Seasons Change

How to Keep Your Car Road Ready as the Seasons ChangeAs summer winds down, many of us look forward to the beautiful foliage, back to school activities, and upcoming holidays, all of which can have us out on the road. To make sure your fall activities are safe and fun, consider these tips for getting your car road ready as the seasons change.

Check Tire Pressure

Checking your tire pressure is important whenever temperatures fluctuate. Check pressure before road trips and regularly when the tires are cold to ensure proper readings. Always keep tires full for optimal performance.

Check Tire Tread

The tread that got you through the summer might not be adequate when the roads get wet and slippery. Check your tread and consider winter or all-weather tires for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. You might also want to check for uneven wear and rotate your tires for safer handling.

Test Your Lights

As road and weather conditions change, so will your visibility. Check your lights to ensure they are working properly and are bright. Keep spares in your car for emergencies.

Do Routine and Preventative Maintenance

While it’s best to keep your car in tip top shape year round, it’s especially important when the leaves drop and weather becomes unpredictable. Check windshield wipers, fluids, and your battery.

Create an Emergency Kit

If you already have an emergency kit, now’s a good time to replenish it and make sure you have it tailored for colder weather. Include items like emergency blankets, non-perishable food, water, and first aid supplies. When falls starts turning into winter, also include chains and an abrasive material—like cat litter or sand—to help you if you get stuck in the snow.

The carefree days of summer are coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner, which means more risk and poor road conditions. It’s especially important to make sure your car is outfitted right in fall because of added factors like children going to and from school, wet leaves, and leaf peepers, which can all increase your risk of getting in an accident. Make sure you make any necessary repairs and follow the above steps to ensure your car is road ready as summer turns to fall. And, if you are involved in an accident, work closely with an experienced Arlington Heights car accident attorney to ensure you receive all the compensation you deserve.


If you’ve recently been in an accident, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer can help. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.



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