Five Ways To Keep Your Fall Drive Scare-Free

October 2nd, 2023 by


Spooky season may be upon us, but family drives to the pumpkin patch shouldn’t include any jump scares. Here are five tips to help ensure your autumn drives remain fright-free experiences.

Check Tire Pressure For Ghostly Readings

October doesn’t just mean a new entry in your favorite slasher film franchise – it means that temperatures are about to start dropping precipitously. For every 10 degrees colder it gets, your tires run the risk of losing one PSI. October is a good time to start monitoring and adjusting your tire pressure more regularly. Your vehicle’s ideal tire pressure can typically be located on the driver’s side door tire placard. If frequent readings remain low, consider making an appointment with Steven Nissan to review your tire options.

Don’t Let Your Low Battery Voltage Shock You

Lower tire pressure isn’t the only deflating part of cooler weather. Battery power runs a higher risk of dropping in lower temperatures, which can affect your vehicle’s heating, ignition, and more. Ideally, your vehicle’s battery should be at 12.6 volts with the engine turned off, and between 13.7 and 14.7 volts with the engine running. If it’s anything less than that, contact Steven Nissan today for a Genuine Nissan Replacement Battery installation. Keep aware of your battery’s energy level, and leave the shock endings to M. Night Shyamalan.

Keep Your Trunk Stocked With More Than A Back-Up Costume

Traffic on the road tends to become more scarce in the winter months – especially in rural areas – so it’s important to stay prepared for anything. Treat a fall drive like you would a camping trip, equipping your trunk space with a first aid kit, flashlight, and jumper cables at a bare minimum. As it gets colder, ice scrapers and extra antifreeze become equally essential. That backup Halloween costume isn’t a bad idea either, since as we all know, no one loves their first choice.

Consider Winter Wipers For That Chill Factor

Even if heavy snowfall isn’t upon us yet, ice can still accumulate on your wiper blades, especially in the frosty hours of early morning. Look into a pair of rubber-equipped blades that will keep your wipers active and your visibility intact for those increasingly dark evening drives. At the very least, replace your windshield wiper fluid more frequently, and add a bottle of antifreeze to your reserves just in case. After all, the biggest scares are the ones we don’t see coming.

When In Doubt, Check It Out

This applies to both teenagers investigating every corner of an empty mansion and you when you detect anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle. In addition to the tips listed above, be sure to schedule an appointment with Steven Nissan in Harrisonburg when anything starts feeling supernatural. From brakes to batteries to oil changes, our team of professionals will make sure that this season’s scares only take place outside the walls of your vehicle.