October is Car Care Month at AAA

October is Car Care Month at AAA

Drivers urged to perform car maintenance before winter hits
Elizabeth Carey
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October is Car Care Month at AAA Western and Central New York! As the weather cools, AAA reminds motorists that completing a seasonal vehicle checkup can maintain safety and maximize efficiency throughout the fall and winter. Unfortunately, 35 percent of drivers have skipped needed car maintenance or repair, and 65 percent of drivers did not have their battery tested before finding it dead. During Car Care Month, AAA encourages drivers to focus on essential vehicle repair and to prepare for winter by packing an emergency kit before the snow flies.

Battery and charging system 
An average car battery typically lasts three to five years. Drivers should have the battery and charging system tested prior to winter at a service facility or with AAA Mobile Battery Service, included in membership.

Traction
Replacing worn tires when tread depth begins to recede is critical to vehicle safety. Worn tires are much more likely to hydroplane on wet pavement or lose traction in the snow.

Suspension & Alignment
A poorly maintained suspension & alignment can accelerate tire wear, reducing traction in adverse driving conditions.

Braking
Old brake fluid or low fluid levels can lead to brake failure. Inspect brake fluid at every oil change. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that brake fluid be replaced every two years.

Fluids
Leaking fluids are a sure sign of needed maintenance. They also can be a dangerous fire hazard. Have fluid leaks inspected and remedied as soon as they are detected.

Vision
Check a vehicle's wiper blades at each oil change or whenever they fail to wipe the glass clean in a single swipe. The life of a blade is typically six to 12 months. Check the washer fluid reservoir monthly. Make sure all lights are working properly.

Emergency Kit
AAA recommends keeping your emergency road kit stocked year-round, especially in the winter. The kit should include a cellphone charger, water, snacks, extra gloves/scarves, jumper cables, flashlight, and a basic toolkit.

Find a Mechanic: Motorists can identify reliable, high-quality repair shops with certified technicians by looking for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign. These facilities must meet and maintain high professional standards for customer service, technician training, tools, equipment, warranties, and cleanliness. Nearby shops can be located at AAA.com/Repair.

Help Wanted: AAA is also hiring reliable individuals to join our automotive team. Full and part-time positions are available for roadside technicians. Enjoy a rewarding career with a well-established company! Learn more at www.AAA.com/Careers.

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