As the leaves change and the weather cools, we look forward to PSLs, spooky season, and cozy nights at home. But did you know that autumn brings its own set of challenges for drivers? The season can be tough on your vehicle, but it doesn’t always have to be. In this blog post, we'll explore common car problems during the autumn season and provide some practical solutions to keep your vehicle running smoothly - to the pumpkin patch and beyond!
1. Falling Leaves and Clogged Gutters
While the vibrant fall foliage is beautiful, falling leaves can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Leaves can clog your car's air intake, leading to reduced engine performance and potentially causing overheating. They can also obstruct your windshield wipers, reducing visibility and your safety.
Solution: Regularly clean out your car's air intake and ensure that your wiper blades are in good condition. If possible, try to park your vehicle away from trees to avoid needing to do this in the first place!
2. Temperature Fluctuations and Tire Pressure
Did you know that autumn's fluctuating temperatures can affect your tire pressure? Brisk mornings can cause your tire pressure to drop, potentially leading to underinflated tires and decreased fuel efficiency. Fuel economy tests show that, in city driving, a conventional gasoline car's gas mileage is roughly 15% lower at 20°F than it would be at 77°F. With these gas prices? No thank you!
Solution: Check your tire pressure frequently and keep it at the recommended levels, as indicated in your vehicle's manual. Consider investing in a good-quality tire pressure gauge.
3. Wet and Slippery Roads
Fall often brings rain and damp conditions, making roads slippery. Wet leaves on the road can be as hazardous as ice, leading to decreased traction and potential accidents.
Solution: Drive cautiously, reduce your speed in wet conditions, and leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Consider switching to all-season or winter tires for added grip and safety.
4. Reduced Daylight Hours and Dimming Headlights
As the days get shorter, you'll likely be using your headlights more frequently. Dim or misaligned headlights can reduce visibility and increase the risk of accidents.
Solution: Regularly check and clean your headlights. If they're dimming, consider replacing them or having them professionally aligned. Better headlights = fewer crashes.
5. Fallen Branches and Debris
Strong winds and autumn storms can lead to fallen branches and debris on the road. Hitting debris can damage your car's undercarriage or tires - potentially leading to a sticky situation.
Solution: Keep an eye out for debris on the road, especially after storms! As always, avoid driving over large objects, and be sure to carefully inspect your vehicle's undercarriage for damage after driving over potential debris.
While autumn's beauty is captivating, it does bring unique challenges for drivers. By staying vigilant about common car issues during this season and taking proactive steps to address them, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable driving experience for both you and your loved ones as the holiday season approaches.
As the holiday season approaches, consider the act of donating your used car to charity as a meaningful way to spread goodwill. Beyond the practical benefit of freeing up your driveway, your generous contribution can aid charities in providing essential services for those in need. Curious? Visit us at cars2charities.org. Embrace the holiday spirit by making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.