As the weather warms up and days grow longer, you probably are focused on spring cleaning, home improvement, and getting your yard ready for spring. We want to remind car owners that your vehicles also need a spring-cleaning and a little care. Winter is hard on your vehicle and it’s always good to get a tune up once the snow has melted and cold weather is gone for good. As you know, routine maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle running for years. We found this car care checklist by AAA to be very helpful, covering the basic car care checklist and tips to keep your car safe on the road.

car care checklistA Summary of the AAA Car Care Checklist

  • Remove winter items from your car. At this point, there’s no need to carry around shovels, kitty litter, and other winter emergency tools. Keep your trunk as empty as possible to improve gas mileage.
  • Get a car wash to prevent any scratches that could come from dirt, or the solutions you used to melt the ice or snow. Scratches and chips can lead to rust and corrosion on your vehicle. A regular waxing can also add a layer of protection.
  • Windshield wipers take a beating during the winter, so inspect them to make sure there are in top-notch shape. Look to see if your blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out.
  • Check your battery and plugs. Make sure battery posts and connections are free from corrosion and your battery is fully charged.
  • Inspect your tires after the weather changes because tire pressure can fluctuate about 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in temperature.
  • Clean the interior to get rid of all salt and sand that was brought into the interior of the vehicle. Over time, this can stain and damage floor mats and the carpet.

Follow this checklist and remember to also prepare your car for spring and summer.  Use a quality leather protector to avoid cracking on leather seats, and invest in a product that will help avoid fading upholstery. Happy spring driving!

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