4 Ways to Prepare your Honda for Fall Driving Conditions

Rain on window1. Windshield Wipers

This is easy to overlook because of gradual weather changes, but definitely take a look at your wiper blades and see if they need to be replaced.  For the Seattle area, we get a lot of moisture and it’s best to get the rubber-clad (‘winter’) blades to stave off ice on chilly mornings.  And it’s also a good opportunity to remind you to put an ice scraper in your car.

2. Lights

Remember—Daylight Savings Time took effect on yesterday and we’re all going to have to deal with darkness more often soon.  Now is the best time to have these issues solved so that you’re ready for traffic time in the dark.  Your lighting systems include:

  • Headlights (both high and low beams)
  • Turn signals and emergency flashers
  • Parking lights
  • Brake lights
  • Marker and tail lights
  • Backup lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Interior lights and instrument lights
  • Your headlights often have special needs—cleaning debris, adjusting alignment so that you’re maximizing visibility without distracting other drivers.

3. Battery

Is your car having trouble starting on cold mornings?  It’s a great time to get your battery checked to see if it’s still holding a charge.  If not, you can have a new one installed and avoid getting stranded.

4. Cooling Systems

Every now and then, check on the condition and concentration of your coolant, as well as what level it’s at.  A half-and-half mix of water and anti-freeze is the most common solution, but if you’re a DIY type of owner, don’t even touch the radiator cap until the engine is cooled down.  Weak and old coolant may lose some of its power to inhibit rust and lubricate. For drive belts, clamps, and hoses: leave those to a certified technician.

Now’s the time to prepare your Honda or Acura for driving during the fall and winter months. If you have a concern, give us a call and we’ll take a look!

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