The fall season is an ideal time to prep your car for winter. Entering the month of October is an indication that the cold weather is fast approaching. Your faithful travel companion invariably needs a fair amount of timely interventions to successfully cope with winter woes. This season is challenging for your car and it demands extra care and attention.

The drop in temperatures and an increase in rainfall this time of year makes driving conditions trickier. Follow these useful tips to suitably equip your car to face the cycle of nature:

Ensure Wiper Blades are Fully Operational

This frequently used equipment on your car wears down with age and use. Replace them in the fall so they see you through winter, spring and summer. When your wipers make a squeaky noise or leave large moisture patches as they do their job against your windshield, it is an indicator for a replacement. 

The wiper blades are made of silicone or rubber and need to be changed from time to time. Since they make contact with your car's windshield, the blades are likely to cause damage to your glass if they are not in proper condition.

Check Fluid Levels

For your car to run smoothly, all critical levels of fluid must be cleaned and topped up regularly. As temperatures dip, fluids tend to get thicker which makes them move slower through your car's engine. 

To give you an overview, brake fluid prevents corrosion by acting as a lubricating agent. Washer fluid maintains visibility while transmission fluid is imperative for gear shifting. Power steering fluid operates your vehicle whereas the ever-important coolant regulates the temperature of your car's engine. 

Examine Your Tires 

Start by examining the inflation, tread and overall condition of the most important feature of your mode of transport. Your car tires must be rotated at frequent intervals to make sure they wear out evenly. Maintaining proper tire pressure is even more critical in the winter as failing to do so in cold weather makes them lose air quickly. 

Inspect the Working Condition of Car Brakes 

As the temperatures drop, the roads you drive on potentially become slippery owing to the presence of ice and snow. This risk heightens problems in your brake mechanism. We all know how crucial car brakes are for safe driving. Check your brakes as you near the winter season. Any unusual noises are an indication of failing brake pads, so be sure to listen carefully for such red alerts.

Test Your Car Lights

Your vehicle's lights illuminate the road ahead by night thereby enabling you to drive safely. They also serve another purpose by making other drivers commuting on the same road aware of your presence. This comes in handy especially when the weather is bad causing low visibility.

Your car's lights include its brake lights, indicators, headlights and taillights. If you notice a broken or burned-out bulb, do not waste time in fixing the problem by replacing the relevant part. 

In addition to the above, your car battery needs attention, too. When it shows signs of discharging, install a new one immediately.