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.

How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Florida Heat

 Keep Your Car Cool
Keep Your Car Cool

Here in Vero Beach, Florida, we know that the summer sun means business. Keeping your car cool is crucial when driving—not just for your comfort, but for your safety. Here are some easy tips to keep your car cool in the Florida heat.

  1. Use your AC. Make sure your AC is in fine working order (you can have it tested at Dependable Mitsubishi if something seems off), and use it when traveling in hot temperatures. If possible, turn on your AC a few minutes before getting into your car to cool it off.
  2. Park Smartly. Ward off heat by parking in the shade, whenever possible. If you’ll be away from your car for a few hours, anticipate where the shade will be in the final hour before returning to your car. If you can, park your car so that most of the sunlight will hit the rear of your car, so that the steering wheel won’t be hot to the touch.
  3. Invest in Window Shades. Buy window shades to suction to your windows, as well as a big reflective one for your windshield.
  4. Leave Windows Cracked. If you are in an area where you feel comfortable and rain is not on the menu, consider cracking your windows just a touch. Doing so will allow some air to circulate, though not much.

Call or visit us at Dependable Mitsubishi to learn more about car tips and care. We hope to see you soon!