Dear Diary,

Is your family’s car ready for fall? As the season changes, so does the maintenance checklist for your vehicle. Due to the recent rainy weather, we have to leave for work and school earlier than normal, remember to keep an umbrella in the car, and drive with additional cautious. To prevent accidents, we’re taking the necessary steps to stay safe and keep our car maintained. Before you pack your bags and your kids for a trip, be sure your car is also ready to hit the road.

Here are a few checks you can make to drive safely.

Check Lights

As the sun sets sooner, you’ll need to flip on your headlights before you head home for the day. Make sure the bulbs are bright. Also, invest in halogen lamps to improve your visibility.

Replace Wiper Blades

Check to see if your windshield wiper blades are worn. You don’t want to discover a defect in the midst of a storm.

Charge the Battery

A fully charged battery helps start your car quickly on a cold morning.


Click here for other maintenance checks you should perform for fall.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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