Five tips to get your car ready for spring
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. In keeping with the overall theme of the season, it can be a time of renewal for your car as well. We’re lucky down here in Mississippi, with our mild winters. Up north, snow, ice, sand, and salt all take a heavy toll on roadways and cars. As the earth becomes green again, it only makes sense to include your car on your spring cleaning list. Although we’re not washing pounds of salt and sand from our cars, it makes sense to do some housekeeping tasks yearly for our vehicles, and spring is the perfect time! Patty Peck Honda has put together a list of five tips to get your car ready for spring.
Five tips for getting your vehicle spring-ready
- Replace your wiper blades. | Especially up north, no season is harder on your wiper blades than winter. Even down south, a good rule of thumb is to change your wiper blades once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to do it right before the spring showers start to hit. This will ensure another year of obstruction-free driving!
- Check your tires. | Winter’s temperature variations can cause a lot of expanding and contracting to your tires. This can easily throw your tire pressure out of whack. Even if your tire indicator light isn’t on, it makes sense to take your tires in for a rotation and/or alignment. They’ll be filled back up, and balance your car out for a safe year of driving ahead.
- Check your oil and other fluids. | You can stay healthy by always drinking the proper amount of fluids. So can your car! When winter ends, take your car in for a check-up. Service technicians will check and replace the oil, wiper fluids, engine coolant, etc. This will help make sure your car makes it through the next year worry-free.
- Update your emergency kit. | It makes sense to always carry an emergency kit somewhere in your vehicle in case the inevitable occurs. You should update it seasonally. Lighten the load when spring is approaching and take out all of the heavy, warm clothing. Add some bottled water, possibly a fan-type apparatus and some comfortable non-winter boots in case you have a trek ahead of you.
- Wash or detail your car. | All of that snow and sand from winter roads makes its way into every nook and cranny of your vehicle. Leaving this for too long may cause rusting, corrosion and even performance and efficiency problems down the road (pun intended). So, give your car what it deserves after a long cold winter—a nice warm bath. If you’re willing to pay the $100-$200, go for a detailing and pamper your car. The interior scrub down and exterior wash, wax, buffing, and tire treatment will make your vehicle look as good as new.
Spring is fast approaching, and it’s time to make sure that you and your car are prepared! Our team at Patty Peck Honda is committed to providing top-notch service and making sure you’re not caught out in the cold as the temperature warms up!