The Car Care Council recently announced that as Americans turn back their clocks, they should be sure to have their windshield wipers, lighting & electrical inspected, in order to reduce accidents as it will be darker earlier on.

"Turning back the clocks means fewer hours of daylight, so it's even more important that your vehicle's lights and wipers are working properly so you can be seen by others and your visibility is not compromised," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "From the driver's seat you may not notice a light that isn't working, so inspect all of your car's lights and replace those that are out. Also, inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when wet weather hits."

In addition, with the cold winter months approaching, car owners should check their battery and terminals often to be sure connections are tight and no corrosion has built up over time. Furthermore, drivers should inspect their automobiles belts for wear and tear, have their oil, fluids and chemicals topped off and make sure their filter is clean.

Preventative maintenance is the ideal way to avoiding expensive repairs and accidents down the road.