Time just flies by – it’s already time to start thinking about preparing your car for warmer weather! Sunny days and road trips are just a few weeks away. Depending on where you live, you might already be enjoying nicer weather and putting winter behind you.
If you’re planning to travel as the weather changes, you need to take a few precautions before hitting the road. Here are some tips to help keep your car in top condition as the temperature rises!
Cold weather plays havoc with your brakes. Lower temperatures exacerbate everyday wear and tear, so it’s important to check your brake pads and fluid levels before you head out for a road trip.
If your brakes go out, you’ll find yourself in a dangerous situation. This goes double if you’re planning to travel on highways. There’s nothing quite as scary as finding out your brakes are going bad when you’re moving over 60 miles per hour.
If you feel any grinding or vibration when you apply your brakes, it’s time to head to the mechanic. They can inspect your brakes and replace your pads or rotors if they need attention!
Nothing saps tire pressure quite like cold weather. When your tires aren’t properly inflated, you’ll experience issues ranging from worse gas mileage to increased chances of popping a flat tire.
Check your tire pressure with a gauge and compare the numbers to the manufacturer’s suggested levels. If you’re under the recommended tire pressure, it’s time to fill them back up!
While you’re looking at your tires, inspect the tread as well. Take a penny and insert it into the shallowest tread groove. If Lincoln’s head doesn’t disappear behind the rubber, it’s time to replace the tire.
Make sure your battery is still in good working order. If you see signs of corrosion, clean them off carefully while wearing gloves.
Check the battery’s charge levels while you’re at it – winter weather can drain a battery swiftly. Don’t hesitate to replace it if it’s not charged enough to get you through the summer months!
Make sure you remember to top off other engine fluids. Get your oil changed if it’s been a while, and have the mechanic check on your windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant levels.
If you take a few hours to get your car in good order, you could save yourself hundreds of dollars in needless repair bills! Take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you.