Many drivers are preparing for spring break or getting a head start on planning summer travels. What you may not notice is the effect winter and cold temperatures have had on your vehicle. There may be some hidden issues that become unexpected road trip issues. Here are five tips to keep your car, and family, safe on the road this spring:
Spring Vehicle Maintenance 101
- Switch the winter tires out so they don’t rapidly wear in warmer temperatures. (If you have them)
- Get windshield wipers and lights tested, or changed, for the rainy season.
- Antifreeze coolant should be tested to ensure proper protection is present for the summer months.
- Your vehicle should be ready for tire rotation and balancing. Check your tires checked for cuts caused by rough winter conditions such as potholes.
- Check all belts, hoses and spark plug wires for signs of cracking caused by cold weather. Extreme temperature changes cause the rubber and insulating materials to dry rot and crack.
Need some help? Contact your neighborhood Tire Discounters and we will look at it all for free.