Now that the winter weather is on its way out, this is a great time to make sure that your car has made it through without any major problems and is going to be good through the spring.
When the weather outside gets warmer, many people take to the road and go on trips. Things like hiking, camping, and exploring get ramped up and weekend getaways are common.
Here are a couple of key maintenance steps to take for transitioning your car from winter to spring:
- During the winter months, we don’t usually think about keeping our cars clean. But, it is good to have your car washed at least once during the winter time. When the roads are slippery, it is common for the department of transportation to put salt on them. This salt mixes with the rain, snow melt, and road oil to form a corrosive crust on the underbody of your car. It is a good idea to wash this grime off before it corrodes or causes damage to your paint.
- This is a good time to replace the wiper blades on your car also. While spring brings sunshine and warm weather, it also brings more rain and having new wiper blades on your wiper arms is important to make sure that you have good visibility.
- Going into the spring, make sure that the tire pressure on your car is in good shape. The cold weather will cause your air pressure to reduce, so making sure that there is enough air in all of your tires once the weather warms up is an important safety measure for your car.
- If your car is due for an oil change, this is a good time to have it done. Have all of the fluids topped off and the oil and filter changed. This is an important maintenance step to take every 3,000 miles at least. But, during the winter months those 3,000 are really hard on your car, so having the oil and filter checked and changed more often is a good idea.
Since winter can be so harsh on your car, it is important to make sure that you give it proper maintenance before you start driving more.