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Darkening skies, leaves all over the road and sidewalk, and windy and chill weather all tell one thing – fall is upon us, or soon to be upon us. It’s still not the end of the world, but when it comes to driving safely during the fall’s grayish months there are a couple of important things that warrant your attention.
With these simple preparations you can make driving during fall a lot safer.

Here are a couple of things to think about:

Breaks

make sure your breaks are fine so they won’t fail you when you need them most.

Tires

make sure your tires are new, or at least in good working order and make sure air pressure is as recommended by the manufacturer. Worn out tires or tires with insufficient air pressure make your stopping distance longer, especially when roads are wet.

Lights

make sure all lights work properly and replace those that don’t. Also make sure all lights are clean and visible. This includes your headlights, taillights, brake lights, parking lights, and turn signals.
Heating system – you’d hate getting caught in traffic when temperatures start to drop.
Oil, air filter, and everything in between – now is a great time to change your oil, clean your air filter, and basically examine that everything under the hood seems intact.

Battery

have your battery checked. Starting fall with an old, worn out battery will surely result in an unpleasant situation sooner rather than later.

Emergency equipment

make sure you have necessary emergency equipment in your car. This may include a flashlight and extra batteries, water, some canned food, a portable cellphone charger, emergency triangle and high visibility jacket, and the like. These will keep you safe and make unexpected situations a lot more bearable and manageable.