AAA will be offering free vehicle inspections in New Jersey on select days as part of October being Car Care Month. The group stated that not only is regular and preventative maintenance good for your car, but it also increases its lifespan and the overall safety of the vehicle.

“Part of being a safe driver means properly maintaining your vehicle,” said Patrick Migliore, manager at the AAA Car Care Center in Springfield, New Jersey. “Although winter weather isn’t here yet, it’s not far away and it’s a good idea to make sure your car is prepped now for the winter driving season.”

The inspections will include check of belts & hoses, batteries, lights, windshield wipers and fluid levels. They will be held at the AAA West Orange, Essex Green Shopping Center on October 9; the AAA Car Care Center, Springfield on October 16; and the AAA Florham Park on October 23.

Car owners are encouraged to protect their cars from the upcoming cold weather. In addition to regular service, there are some precautions that can be taken to protect against the harsh conditions.

Motorists can apply a polish or glaze to their paint followed by a liquid or paste wax that will seal the paint, or have a local auto shop do it for them.