Congrats, you and your car survived winter, and spring has finally arrived with all its glory. Regardless of if you winterized your car or not, it’s smart to do some spring maintenance on your vehicle, so before you pack the car up and head out on a road trip, check out our spring car maintenance tips to keep you safe on the road this season.
Remove Your Winter Tires
Depending on what climate you live in, you may switch out your tires at the changing of seasons. If your car has winter tires on, you must remove these tires in a timely matter, not only because driving with them on in spring will damage them but also because it damages the streets. It’s smart to set up an appointment to have your tires swapped in advance, so you don’t forget, many places even come to you now!
Wash Your Car Thoroughly
Washing your car after winter is not just about appearance; it is beneficial to the overall maintenance of your car long-term. During the winter months, your vehicle can get covered in salt and over chemicals that are useful for creating safe driving conditions. Those chemicals can damage the undercarriage of your car if not removed appropriately. When spring rolls around, it’s a good idea to give your vehicle and undercarriage a good cleaning to ensure your vehicle stays in great shape for years to come.
Check Your Tire Pressure
In the winter months, the cold air lowers your tire pressure, but with the temperatures rising your tire pressure will naturally increase. Driving with the correct tire pressure is crucial to your car’s traction, and it’s a good idea to check your tire pressure going into spring.
If you get are already planning on getting your tires switched out or rotated, then your tire pressure should also be addressed during that visit. If not, you can check the pressure yourself at a local gas station or go into a shop to have it checked out by a professional. Either way, you’ll want to be sure your tires have the correct amount of air for the season so you can drive safely.
Check Your Wipers and Replace if Needed
In some parts of the country, windshield wipers see a lot of action over the winter months. Snow, ice, and rain will do a number of your wipers, and you must make sure that they are still in good shape to protect you from those pesky April showers. It’s a good idea to test them out yourself to ensure they are correctly drying your windshield by merely wetting your windshield and testing them out. Be sure you replace them as soon as possible if they are severely damaged.
Change Your Oil
Beyond changing your oil at your regular scheduled mileage checks, you should also change your oil after a long road trip or severe winter, as that can be hard on your car. You should also be sure you are using the correct Engine oil viscosity for the climate, as some vehicles allow you to use various viscosities based on the temperature. We recommend checking your owner’s manual to ensure you are using the appropriate viscosity range.
Review Your Car Insurance Coverage
With every new season comes new potential issues you may run into while driving. We recommend reviewing your car insurance before the change of a season to ensure you have the appropriate coverage for your upcoming plans. For example, if you have a long spring break road trip coming up, you may want to add some additional coverage since you’ll be spending more time in your car. Reach out to our team at Independent Insurance Associates today to review your car insurance options for spring!