Fall is right around the corner, which means you should perform annual maintenance. Whether you bring your car to professionals like those at Knight Automotive or you choose to perform work yourself, it’s important to prepare your car for the autumn season. Regular service not only prevents breakdowns, but it can even increase the life of your car.

According to the Car Connection, one of the first things you should check is the tires. Cooler temperatures will decrease air pressure, increasing the risk that your tires are underinflated. Additionally, you should look for wear and tear. Is there any cracking, bulging, or bald spots? If so, it may be time for new tires.

Next, check the lights. By simply walking around the car, you can double check to make sure everything is in working order. If you grab a friend, you can also easily check the reverse lights and brakes lights. Don’t forget about headlights, parking lights, and turn signals. There’s usually less daylight in the fall, so it’s especially important to have working lights.

Have the battery checked by a professional. Colder temperatures can be especially hard on the electrical system, including the battery. If you’re battery doesn’t have a full charge or if it’s several years old, it may be time to replace it. No one wants to get stranded with a dead battery when the temperatures dip.

Naturally, you should also get an oil change, top off fluids, and replace the wipers, among other things. With these fall maintenance tips, your car will be ready for the upcoming autumn.