Five Ways To Keep Your Fall Drive Scare-Free
Spooky season may be upon us, but that doesn’t mean you need to encounter any jump scares on the way to driving the kids to the pumpkin patch. Here are five tips to help ensure your autumn drives remain fright-free experiences.
Check Tire Pressure For Ghostly Readings
October doesn’t just mean a new entry in your favorite horror film franchise – it means that temperatures are about to start dropping precipitously. And to make matters worse, your tires run the risk of losing one PSI for every 10 degrees colder it gets. October is a good time to start monitoring and adjusting your tire pressure more frequently. Your vehicle’s ideal PSI can typically be found on the tire placard inside the driver’s side door. If your pressure remains low after a few readings, consider making an appointment at our Steven KIA Tire Shop to review your options.
Don’t Let Your Low Battery Voltage Shock You
Lower tire pressure isn’t the only deflating part of cooler weather. Your battery runs a higher risk of losing power as the temperature drops, aversely affecting your vehicle’s heating, ignition, and more. Ideally, your vehicle’s battery should be at 12.6 volts with the engine turned off, and between 13.7 and 14.7 volts when the engine’s running. If it’s reading below those levels, make an appointment today with Steven KIA’s Car Battery Shop. Ensure your battery’s longevity today, keep your vehicle on the road, and leave the shock endings to M. Night Shyamalan.
Keep Your Trunk Stocked With More Than A Back-Up Costume
Traffic on the road tends to become more scarce in the winter months – good for avoiding hockey mask-wearing hitchhikers, less so when you’re in need of a helping hand. Thus, it’s crucial to stay prepared for anything that might befall you on the road. Treat any fall drive like it’s a camping trip, equipping your trunk space with a first aid kit, flashlight, and jumper cables at a bare minimum. As it gets colder, add an ice scraper and an extra bottle of antifreeze to your in-car arsenal. That backup Halloween costume isn’t a bad idea either, since as we all know, no one loves their first choice.
Consider Winter Wipers For That Chill Factor
Even if there are no winter storm warnings in the forecast yet, ice can still accumulate on your wiper blades – particularly during frost-filled, early morning hours. Look into a pair of rubber-equipped windshield blades that will keep your wipers insulated from the ice. As days become shorter and light becomes scarce, your visibility becomes paramount, and your wipers are your first line of defense when nature decides to interfere further. After all, the biggest scares in life are the ones we don’t see coming.
When In Doubt, Check It Out
This applies to both overzealous teenagers investigating every corner of an empty mansion and you when you detect anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle. In addition to the tips listed above, be sure to schedule an appointment with Steven KIA in Harrisonburg when anything starts feeling supernatural. From brakes to transmission to oil changes, our team of professionals will make sure that this season’s scares only take place outside the walls of your vehicle.