Fall Driving Tips: What to Do in Autumn

Fall Driving Tips: What to Do in Autumn
Fall Driving Tips: What to Do in Autumn

Fall in Florida is milder than in other parts of the US, but there are still some significant changes during the season. For instance, there are cooler temperatures, fallen leaves, and less daylight. That’s why it’s important to remember some basic fall driving tips to help you stay safe and prepared for the changes that the fall season brings.

While fall has officially began, we don’t typically see the changes here until later in the season. One of the major autumn characteristics is that many trees in the area will start to lose their leaves. It’s important to drive slowly over leaves and to avoid braking on piles of fallen foliage. According to Safe Bee, leaves can often be as slippery as ice.

Watch out for sun glares as the days get shorter. It’s typical for the sun to set earlier in the fall, which means you may have to drive with the sun in your eyes. It’s a good idea to have a pair of sunglasses ready, and, in some cases, you should consider changing your route if sun glare is too intense. With shorter days, you should also check to make sure your car’s lights are all working properly and replace bulbs if necessary.

Check your tire pressure once the temperatures start to dip. Air pressure is linked to outside temperature, which means that you lose about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop. Low tire pressure increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy, so be sure to fill the tires when necessary.

If your vehicle needs maintenance to prepare it for the changing season or to a good health checkup, bring it to Dependable Mitsubishi.

Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important

Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important
Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important

Your car’s oil is like its blood. Without it, it is going to die. That is why it is so critical to keep up with your car’s oil changes. In fact, here are four reasons why oil changes are important.

  1. Cooling. As the engine’s parts move, they create friction, which them creates heat. Oil helps draw the heat out of these parts to prevent them from overheating.
  2. Lubrication. Inside the engine, everything is moving very fast. Without proper lubrication, it can cause these parts to seize or even break. Use the correct oil weight and grade to keep everything moving freely.
  3. Cleaning. Another important oil function is to clean the engine. It will collect any dirt or other particles in your engine. Over time, as the oil gets dirtier and dirtier, it will begin to turn into sludge. Routine oil changes prevent this from happening and keep your engine clean.
  4. Efficiency. By always having clean oil in your engine, you will keep your car’s efficiency where it is supposed to be. Dirty oil will make an engine work harder, thus wasting a lot of gas and money.

If you need to get caught up on maintenance, schedule an appointment with our service center at Dependable Mitsubishi. We’d be glad to get your vehicle back in healthy condition.