As we transition from winter to the new spring season, many of us will begin taking advantage of the weather with family vacations, road trips, and camping excursions. Before you hit the road, is your car ready to get you to your destination?
Taking care of your car properly will make it last longer, perform better, and most importantly, be safer. Here are 10 ways you can get your vehicle to run efficiently this spring:
1. Give it a deep clean. In your spring cleaning, don’t neglect your car. Harsh winter driving can cause grime and debris to accumulate on your car, damaging the paint and finish. Get it thoroughly washed and waxed.
2. Don’t forget the inside of your car too! It may have been too cold to clean out your car during the winter, but spring is the best time to throw out any junk lying around. Once you’ve gotten rid of all that, it will be easier to wipe down anything that’s spilled inside, vacuum the carpets, and wash any car mats.
3. Change the oil. Depending on your last appointment, now may be the time to get an oil change. It may also be time for a new oil filter. First, check to see if you’re running low, and go make an appointment if this is the case.
4. Keep up with tire maintenance. The cold weather can do some serious wear-and-tear to your tires. Make sure they’re all at the recommended PSI and re-inflate them if they’re not. Don’t neglect your spare tire!
5. Swap out your emergency kit. You may have kept a spare winter coat or snow shovel in the back of the car, but you won’t need that for another several months. Use that space for extra water bottles, a flashlight, and other items you may need in case of an emergency.
6. Check on the battery. Make sure your car’s battery is free of corrosion and that everything else looks okay. Are the headlights dimmer? Are the windows rolling down slower? These may be signs you need a new battery.
7. Test the air conditioner. The last thing anyone needs in the middle of spring and summer is a broken air conditioner. After running it for the first time in spring, leave it running for five to ten minutes so that you know it’s running and to get rid of any unwanted odors. You’ll also want to replace its filter—springtime allergies aren’t welcome here!
8. Replace the wiper blades. Running your wiper blades during the winter may have exhausted them, but you’ll need them in tip-top shape by the time spring’s rain arrives.
9. Remove salt from the undercarriage. Road salt can eat away at your car’s undercarriage and cause severe damage. Simply using a hose and washing the salt away can solve this problem.
10. Check on the brakes. Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. Inspect the brake fluid and make sure it is filled to the appropriate levels. If you take it in, you should also have a technician make sure there are no safety issues with them.
Despite these safety precautions, accidents may still happen. If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help. Contact Peterson & Associates today at 816-888-8888 to schedule a free consultation.