It's that time of year to check your wiper blades to keep your vision clear, take a look at your tires for good tire tread depth to avoid hydroplaning in giant puddles, have a technician at least do a once over to ensure a properly working HVAC system for good windshield defrosting and comfortable heat in the cabin and to check all exterior lighting.

Car Counselor: Are you and your car ready for fall?

It seems that the summer that never really happened is over, the kids are back in school and it's time to start thinking about getting ready for the fall and winter seasons ahead.

October is National Fall Car Care month, so it's a good time to get that vehicle inspected to make sure you're ready for the shorter days, rain, frosty mornings, cool evenings and more rain.

Some of the things that may need extra attention this time of year are wiper blades to keep your vision clear, good tire tread depth to avoid hydroplaning in giant puddles, a properly working HVAC system to insure good windshield defrosting and comfortable heat in the cabin and finally making sure all exterior lighting is in good working order so other drivers can see you.

Stop by a shop near you and make sure your vehicle is up-to-date on it's regular services and get it ready for our stormy Northwest, watch out for trick-or-treaters, and I'll see you on the road!

Drive safe.

Todd Ainsworth is one of the owners of at West Seattle Autoworks and can be reached at todd400@comcast.net or 206.257.5344.

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