October is Car Care Month
AAA Offers Simple Steps Drivers Can Take to Keep Their Vehicles Road-Ready for Winter
October 1, 2018 – October is Car Care Month and AAA is advising drivers to prepare their vehicle. “With temperatures cooling off and rain predicted throughout much of South Dakota, it’s important for drivers to be cautious in rain, as this type of weather is often viewed more of a nuisance than a safety hazard,” said Marilyn Buskohl, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA South Dakota. “Motorists need to re-adjust their driving habits for wet weather, which includes slowing down, keeping a safe distance from the car in front of you, and avoid driving through standing water.”
Vehicle maintenance is also key and there are a few simple things every driver can do to make sure their car is road-ready for the winter and colder temperatures ahead.
“Learning how to handle common maintenance issues is beneficial to anyone who gets behind the wheel,” said Buskohl. “Proper maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs.”
In the past, vehicle maintenance needs were relatively simple and consistent across automakers. Today’s engineering advancements require less maintenance at less frequent intervals. Examples include oil-change intervals now recommended at 5,000 to 10,000 or more miles, transmission fluids designed to last 100,000 miles and sealed batteries that never need to have fluid added. Even with these advancements, vehicles still require routine services that are important to maintaining the performance and safety of the vehicle.
October is the perfect month to make sure your vehicle is winter ready. The weather is mild, and there is plenty of time to deal with the potentially costly repairs before winter weather sets in.
To ensure your vehicle is properly maintained, AAA recommends that motorists:
When having your car serviced, follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule to avoid under- or over-maintaining your vehicle. Oil changes, tire rotations, changing transmission fluid, and replacing an air filter are the types of routine maintenance recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. The maintenance schedule for these services and more can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual.
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