It’s finally time for football, pumpkin spice, and to check up on your car before the freeze settles in. While some of these tasks can be done on your own, it’s recommended to go in and have a mechanic look under the hood for any other unseen problems—especially if you’ve noticed issues.

To get ready for the seasonal change, check your:

Heaters and defrosters. When that first frost comes, you want to be able to see out your windows. Plus, driving in a freezing car is no fun.

Windshield wipers. If your wipers currently leave behind streaks or skip over areas, then they should be replaced to ensure you stay safe while driving. Also make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is full. The wipers missing spots or failing to clean everything off can be a hazard.

Tires. Do the penny test to see if your tread is optimal and then use a pressure gauge to check each tire’s PSI level. As the weather cools, you will need a higher PSI as the tires condense in the cold.

Head- and taillights. These are pretty easy to test. Turn your car on while in park, flip the lights on, and then get out to make sure they’re all working. Don’t forget to check your fog lights too.

Battery. The older your car’s battery gets, the better chance it has of being negatively affected by the freeze. Before it gets too cold, this is a great time to bring your car in so trained technicians can test your battery’s power.

Brakes. This will also require a car mechanic. If you have experienced anything different with your brakes, such as a strange sound or shift in pressure, make sure to let the mechanic know. They will be able to test your belt and the brake fluid to make sure you’re set for winter.

Belts, Hoses, and Filters. These objects are more easily damaged by cold, so make sure they’re up to the task of winter driving. Ask your mechanics to check them.

Superior Service Center can aid in completing your checklist, so you can drive into fall and early winter with peace of mind. Give us a call or make your appointment online.