National Car Care Month

April 26th, 2017 by

Warmer temperatures, colorful buds and greener grass: all signs that spring is here. And that means so is Car Care Month. April, officially named National Car Care month by the National Car Care Council, is promoted to remind owners of the importance of car care and preventative maintenance. Here are a few tips to get your car ready for spring driving and your next road trip!

Regular Maintenance

Keep your car properly maintained. This is the perfect time to make sure your oil change is up to date and have all your fluids topped off. Check your hoses and belts as the harsh winter temperatures can take a toll on them. Replace any hoses or belts that show any cracking or wear. Familiar with the phrase ‘April showers bring May flowers’, don’t be caught in an April shower unprepared with worn out wiper blades. Replace your wipers twice a year, spring and fall. This is a simple and inexpensive maintenance item you can do on your own. Another easy DIY item is to check all your lights and replace any light bulbs that need replacing.

Tire Inspection

Check your tires for wear and tread life. Make sure you have at least the recommended amount of tread left on your tires. It is recommended to have your tires properly rotated and aligned to ensure even wear and to get the most life out of your tires. Proper inflation is another important factor. Check your tire pressure, also known as PSI, and adjust accordingly so that they are always at the recommended PSI.

Check your Brakes

There is no rule of thumb as to how long your brake pads will last, so it is important to check them regularly. If you hear the wear indicator, a whistling or squeaking sound, then it is safe to say it is time to replace your brake pads. Many places offer free brake inspections; so take advantage of this convenient and important service.

Don’t Get Caught Sweating

The air conditioning hasn’t been used in quite a while so now would be a good time to give it a once over. If need be, get it serviced or repaired so it’s in top running condition before the sweltering month are here.

Inside and Out

Give your car a thorough cleaning inside and out. When washing the exterior, spend some extra time on the undercarriage that likely has a buildup of road salt. Don’t neglect the interior, wipe down and clean the seats, doors, dashboard, and console and give the carpets a good vacuuming and shampooing.

Safety First

Before your summer road trips begin, look over your safety kit and make sure it is fully stocked. Some suggested items to have in your safety kit include spare tire or inflation kit, jumper cables, flares, flashlight, water, and first aid kit. If you have emergency roadside assistance, make sure you have easy access to the contact numbers.

So there you have it, a few recommendations to keep your car in tip top running condition. As always, we’d love to help you with anything you need. To schedule service, go to Happy Car Care Month!