Get your Car Ready for the Road
Especially after this historically snowy winter, we’re all ready to get some serious spring fever! You’re probably looking at a springtime calendar full of sporting activities for the kids, weekend getaway vacations, and family gatherings to celebrate springtime holidays. Is your car prepared? Here are some ideas to do a bit of “spring cleaning ” for your automobile:
Make a Boy Scout Basket: The Boys Scout motto is “be prepared.” Trade in that snow brush for springtime items you’ll want and need in your car. Some things to put in your “be prepared” basket:
- extra windshield washer fluid (it’s mud season!)
- a refreshed first aid kit (band aids, tissues, safety pins, pain relievers, etc.)
- bug spray
- a spare towel
- some water bottles
- an umbrella (for spring showers)
- a folding chair (for those soccer games or rest stop breaks)
- a frisbee (for those whimsical springtime stops)
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Check your battery. Cold winter weather can affect cranking performance by more than half! Make sure you test yours, and replace it if it’s old (more than three years) or weak. Avoid problems away from home, and maximize your time on the road taking advantage of sunshine and warm weather!
Inflate those tires. And don’t forget your spare! Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so now that warmer weather is on the way make sure all your tires are properly inflated. It’s a good time to also check your tread for wear and damage from potholes – which seem to be everywhere!
Get a brake check. You might find last winter was unkind to your braking systems. Inspect them proactively, and make sure you still have the right level of brake fluid. Bring your car in for service and ask to have your brake linings and pads measured, so you can replace them or make plans for when they’ll need to be repaired next.
Replace wiper blades. They take a real beating in the winter, clearing all that snow! Cold weather can also dry them out. Take a look, and replace them if needed for a better view of the road ahead!
Strut your stuff. If you think potholes are hard on tires, what about your suspension? Yikes. Deep potholes are the biggest enemies of shocks and struts. Make sure they’re inspected now for wear or leaks, so you can rest assured during those upcoming road trips.