In early-September, shortly before all these trips started, I let my husband know that it was time to start prepping the vehicle for travel. There is absolutely no sarcasm when I say, he was all over this! The man loves to keep up with his vehicles and get them ready for each season!
He also loves to research. As in loooooots of reseaaaarch. I have friends who say they want to add a room onto their house, and there’s somebody out there the next day taking measurements. My husband decides he needs new socks and 6 months later, we’re still talking about which brand to buy.
And while I tease him about this, it is very much appreciated when it comes to subjects like car maintenance. Not only can I trust that he is making financially-sound purchases, but I know my kids and I are safe when we pull out of our driveway.
Fall/Winter Prep for Vehicles:
1) This is the time of year when he replaces my windshield wipers with winter windshield wipers. Living in the Northeast, there’s quite a bit of precipitation, morning dew, freezing rain, etc. Winter windshield wipers make such a difference!
2) Oil check! He keeps his little booklet in the glove box where he marks the mileage every time he changes the oil. He obviously does this throughout the year, not just in the Fall, but he makes sure to check it before I head out on so many roadtrips, as well.
3) He makes sure that not only is my emergency roadside kit stocked, but that I remember that it actually exists and how to access it. We also always put an extra blanket in the car once the weather starts getting cooler. I keep extra gloves in the glove box at all times as well.
4) He gives the car a good wax! The salt and rocks that are spread on the road during the winter can do so much damage to the paint job on your vehicle and cause it to rust quicker. A good waxing before the winter precipitation hits goes a long way towards protecting it.
5) He checks the tires to make sure the tread is good enough to handle ice and snow. We knew we were at the point that we needed new tires, so this was top of this list this year to accomplish before I hit the road.
Often times, the way you prep your vehicle for winter will depend on the area you live in. But these are still some basic guidelines that will work in most areas of the country!