By the time the warm weather comes around, your car has carried you through snow, ice, salt, wind, mud and more – so it’s time to show it some love. Here’s how to give your car the care it needs:
Change your tires
Now that the warm weather should be back for good, it’s important to change your snow tires to all-season or summer tires to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your winter ones. In fact, snow tires can become a safety hazard in the summer by overheating and increasing the risk of a blowout – so be sure to get them changed if you haven’t already done so.*
Have your car inspected by an expert
It’s always a good idea to get your vehicle inspected to ensure your safety on the road. Most garages have a visual check and inspection plan covering multiple points under the hood and vehicle. This usually includes:
- Brakes, steering and suspension
- Battery charge, headlights and position lights
- Essential fluids like motor oil, transmission fluid and coolant
Once garages fully re-open and return to accepting non-mandatory vehicle repairs, it might be a good idea to take your car in for this kind of check-up.
Give it a good clean
It’s important to give your car a good clean every once in a while – and the warm weather can make this task a bit more enjoyable. Here’s what to focus on:
- Put winter equipment away (shovels, cables, blankets and traction aids)
- Give the carpets a thorough cleaning and vacuuming
- Wash and wax the body
- Clean the windows and plastic surfaces (to prevent discoloration and cracking)
- Check the condition of the vehicle body, and, if required refer to an expert
Good reasons to take care of your car
At the end of the day, a little effort during the warmer months can pay dividends: your car will be cleaner, safer and more reliable – and keeping it in good condition could even save you money on major repairs over the long-term. For more helpful tips and tricks, visit thepersonal.com/blog today.
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*Please note that winter tires can be mandatory at certain times of the year. Please check with your local authorities that your tires can be legally changed.
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