How to Prep Your Vehicle for Fall Driving

How to Prep Your Vehicle for Fall Driving | Chip Wynn Motors | Paducah, KY

Autumn is just around the corner, and with it arrive a new set of unique challenges for your vehicle. As the temperature gets colder and the days grow shorter, you’ll want to start taking the steps to prep your vehicle for fall driving ahead.

Get a new set of windshield wipers

A beautiful as fall foliage can be, it’s a bit of a hassle when those leaves fall from the trees and end up on your windshield. As such, you’ll want to have a good set of windshield wipers at the ready to keep your field of vision clear.

Take care of your tires

Those leaves can also make things quite slick on the road, which is why it is important to have a quality set of tires on your vehicle. Rapid temperature changes can also affect your tire pressure, so keep that in mind during the autumnal season. As winter approaches rapidly once the fall season comes to an end, you might want to invest in a set of winter tires.

Check your headlights

Autumn nights set in a lot earlier than those during the summer, so you’ll have to activate your headlights a lot earlier as well. Check to make sure your headlights are in top shape, especially as you may need them more than ever during foggy fall mornings.

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How to Clean Foggy Headlights

Headlights

As winter approaches and the days get shorter, it’s more important than any other time of year to have clean headlights that shine a bright, clear beam. If your headlights are duller than usual, try out these tips for how to clean foggy headlights.

Toothpaste

The easiest DIY headlight cleaning method is toothpaste. Toothpaste is gritty and contains cleaning agents, so it easily wipes off the grime that’s developed on your headlight cover. Wipe the light down with soap and water first, then apply a small amount of toothpaste and wipe with a cloth.

Glass cleaner

You can also use glass cleaner and car polish. Tape off the area around your headlight to avoid damaging the paint job, then spray the headlight with glass cleaner and wipe it down. Then use another cloth to apply automotive polish, which buffs the surface of the headlight to remove oxidization.

Headlight restoration kit

If you’d prefer to use something designed for cleaning headlights to get the best finish possible, you can buy a headlight restoration kit. This will usually include sandpaper, polish, and a protective coating, so it may keep your headlights from oxidizing again longer than the other methods. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the kit to the letter, or it can do more harm than good.

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