It’s almost that time of year—temperatures are on the rise, and that means you can finally get outside on a regular basis again. But a change of season also means it’s time to make sure you’ve done the work to transition your car from winter to spring. And that doesn’t mean just moving your ice scraper to the trunk. From your car battery to an oil change, here’s your maintenance to-do list!
Clean your car of salt and sand
After driving through salt and sand on icy roads all winter long for those in northern climes, it’s time for a car wash. Did you know the sand and salt used to protect the roads can damage your paint when it sticks on your car? Now that the weather is warming up and the roads are clear, give your car a good wash to keep your paint looking new.
Salt and sand can also damage parts in the undercarriage and under the hood of your vehicle. Be sure to pay special attention to these spots and wipe down all the salt and sand that snuck its way inside your car to avoid any accidental damage.
Take a look under the hood
After a good wash, pop open your hood and make sure your wiper fluid, brake fluid, radiator fluid, and power steering fluid are all at good levels. You should check your transmission fluid, too, but depending on the type of car you have, you may need to have a mechanic take a look.
Next, see if you need to add coolant to your car for your air conditioning and check your air filter to ensure it is clean. Nothing’s worse than being stuck in a hot car once the weather warms up!
Replace your wiper blades
The snow and ice can be tough on your windshield wipers, so evaluate your blades to determine if they need to be replaced. Prepare for those spring showers with good quality wiper blades.
Check your tires
Cold weather can cause the air pressure in your tires to go down. Check your tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and the tread depth is in good shape to carry your car into the warmer months of spring. You’re likely to put more miles on, so you want to be prepared – and proper inflation can improve your gas mileage.
Winter also comes with potholes and hazardous road conditions that can throw your tires out of alignment. Driving with your tires out of alignment can lead to more problems with your car down the road. Set an appointment at an auto shop or a local mechanic in your area to get your tires checked and rotated and to ensure your wheel alignment is in order. A good rule of thumb is to do this about every 6,000–8,000 miles.
While you’re at it, give that spare tire a check too!
Take your vehicle into the shop
Sometimes, it’s a good idea to leave your vehicle maintenance to the professionals. If you’re not sure what you need to do to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, then take it to your local repair shop. The mechanics will know what to check and how to fix anything that your car may need including the change of your oil filter.
Clean out your car
During winter, items tend to pile up in our cars. Maybe it’s just too cold to carry things into the house, so we just leave them in the trunk or the backseat—or even in the cupholder. We’ve all been there! Now that the temperature is warming up, add cleaning out the car to your spring to-do list.
Evaluate your auto insurance
Take a look at your current auto insurance plan to make sure you have the coverage you need to be fully prepared for the road ahead. Want information on more ways to save on auto insurance? Visit the Dairyland® insurance website to see all of the ways you can save.