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End of Summer Calls for Fall Vehicle Maintenance!

As much as no one wants it to happen, summer is slowly bowing out for the year. We’re still in the thick of the heat, but as kids go back to school, we know it’s on its way.

When fall and winter come around, we all need to remember to schedule a service appointment to cover all fall vehicle maintenance. Here are just a few items to make sure that you check out this time of year!

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Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

  • Heater/Defroster – with cold and snow lurking around the corner, it’s important to have working heat. Defrosting keeps your windows fog-free so you can see.
  • Battery – a weak battery will only get worse in the winter. Don’t leave yourself with a dead battery in the bitter, cold air! Check the strength to ensure that your car will be able to turn over this fall. Warning: if you’re not comfortable dealing with these operational features, visit a professional.
  • Tires – we tend to wear our tires down a lot during the summer, due to vacations, road trips and normal wear and tear. Check the tread and overall condition of your tires. You may even want to consider buying snow tires for the winter!
  • Emergency Equipment – because accidents do happen, it’s important to keep a few things in your car at all times. Flares, blankets, a small shovel, tire chains and a flashlight are just a few to start. No matter what situation you’re in, you’ll also want to keep your roadside assistance (like AAA) contact number handy.

Visit us at any Joseph Auto location near you in Cincinnati, Columbus or Northern Kentucky. We’ll be sure that you’re ready for the oncoming elements.

Stay Safe with These Winter Driving Tips

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Nearly every region of the United States has already seen a strange and erratic winter in terms of weather, with conditions ranging from balmy 65-degree days when it should be closer to 20 to tornados to ice storms. Whatever the weather, here are a few winter driving tips to keep you and all your passengers safe this season:

 

  • In heavy snow, make sure to accelerate and decelerate gently to avoid skidding and maintain traction.
  • Drive at a slow and steady pace. Nothing increases the chances of an accident like high speeds, and high speeds plus bad weather certainly don’t mix nicely.
  • Make sure you have a safety kit somewhere in your car. Be sure it includes: flares, motor oil, basic tools, a blanket, a small shovel, basic provisions, and jumper cables.
  • Tie a bright cloth to your antenna or roof rack. This could help other motorists spot you during heavy conditions.

 

The last of our winter driving tips might seem obvious, but we think it’s worth stating: if you don’t need to be out on the road, just stay home.