Now that the end of the year is upon us, many people are focused on getting their ducks in a row before both winter and the new year hits. It’s a great time to do your regular car maintenance before both the ice and snow bring daily activities to a crawling pace.
Today, November 3rd, is the last day to renew your expired vehicle inspections, non-driver ID cards and vehicle registrations, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. You can do the aforementioned online, and if you need to renew your inspection, there are stations across the state that are currently open.
Here’s a quick fall vehicle checklist for you to use to make sure your car is in tip-top shape:
- Check Your Oil: If your engine isn’t happy, your vehicle will show signs of wear and tear faster. Checking oil periodically is one of the most essential things you can do to maintain the upkeep of your car.
- Check Exterior Signals and Lights: As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you’ll need to make sure your lights are working. Make sure to replace any broken bulbs as soon as possible.
- Check Your Tire Pressure: If you want to increase your gas mileage and extend the life of your tires, make sure to add more air or rotate your tires if you notice the treads are too worn down. Once the snow flies, you’ll need your tires in the best condition possible.
- Replace Windshield Wipers & Add Wiper Fluid: Nobody wants to strain to see the car ahead of them when visibility is low. Get prepared for the snow storms ahead of time by replacing your windshield wipers and adding wiper fluid.
- Check Your Brake Fluid and Coolant Levels: Since the weather in New York can be unpredictable, it’s a good idea to make sure your car is running at the appropriate temperatures. You’ll also need to make sure your breaks are working effectively, and with the winter coming, you won’t want to fishtail on the ice.
- Wash and Wax Your Car: You can extend the life of the exterior of your car if you bring it in for regular washing and waxing. It won’t just help make your car look good, but will prevent rust and damaged paint that can take off the resale value of your car over time.
At the end of the day, making sure your car is reading for the harsh winter months is crucial to limiting damage to your vehicle in the long run. Failing to prepare for wear-and-tear you know will occur is just setting your vehicle up for failure, not to mention the safety issues it may cause. Remember to stay ahead of the game this fall season.
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Written by Emily M.