Do warmer temps have you daydreaming of a spring or summer road trip? Before you pack up your vehicle, prioritize preventative maintenance tasks and give your car a good detail. In honor of National Car Care Month, here are a few post-winter pointers to tackle before you hit the road.
Tend to Tires
Cold temperatures cause tire pressure to fall, and slick or bumpy roads can do a number on tire alignment. Check your tires regularly and add air when necessary to return them to the manufacturer's recommended pressure, or pounds per inch (psi). And don't forget to rotate and align tires to keep their tread from wearing.
Change Windshield Wiper Blades
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, so be sure you're hitting the road with newly replaced wipers. Worn, ineffective blades often squeak, jump and leave streaks that can inhibit a clear view of your surroundings.
Test and Replace Your Car Battery
Cold winter weather and blazing summer heat can both a take toll on car batteries, reducing efficiency and causing corrosion. To ensure your battery has plenty of life left, look for a location that can test your battery. If the voltage is low, consider replacing to avoid the inconvenience of the battery dying unexpectedly.
Wash and Wax Your Entire Vehicle
Salt, sand and winter grime can corrode metals and damage paint, so make sure to give your car a thorough wash regularly, as long as the temperature is above freezing. And don't neglect the undercarriage. Once the vehicle is dirt-free, coat the surface with a layer of wax to protect it from spring and summer storms.
Giving your car attention in the form of regular maintenance and cleanings will help prolong its life and keep you safe on the road this spring.