As we approach the first anniversary of the historic October snowstorm that disrupted life as we know it in Connecticut for well over a week, AAA is reminding motorists that it’s not too early to prepare your vehicle for the winter driving season.
Our Roadside Rescue Team has responded to more than 170,000 calls in Connecticut so far this year. Properly preparing your vehicle for the next season of driving greatly decreases the chances of your vehicle letting you down.
AAA recommends that motorists use a simple checklist to determine their vehicle’s fall and winter maintenance needs:
- Battery and Charging System – Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician. A fully charged battery in good condition with corrosion-free terminals is key to starting an engine in cold weather. AAA members can request a visit from a AAA Mobile Battery Service technician who will test their battery and replace it on-site, if necessary.
- Tire Pressure and Tread – Proper inflation will make tires last longer and avoid dangerous blow-outs. Tire treads should also be checked for wear to keep vehicles, and drivers, safe.
- Drive Belts and Engine Hoses – Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals. Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps.
- Keep an Eye on the Little Things – Windshield wipers, headlights, and turn signals help drivers see and be seen during inclement weather and at night. Wipers should be replaced every six months. Keep an eye on headlights and turn signals to ensure bulbs do not need to be replaced.
- Emergency Road Kit – Carry emergency supplies, such as a car care kit with jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, flashlight, hazard signs, blanket, snacks, water, and a charged cell phone.
To help mark Car Care Month, AAA is offering free battery and charging system testing at its Manchester location at 1500G Pleasant Valley Road on Thursday, October 18th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please join us if you’re in the area!