After a long and harsh winter, it's important to service your car before driving it again. Not only will this reduce your risk of having an accident, but it will also keep your car running smoothly. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for the springtime, courtesy of our experienced car accident attorneys at Lanier Law Group, P.A..
Change Your Oil, Check Your Brakes, Rotate Your Tires & Inspect Other Important Parts of the Car
As the winter season comes to an end, make sure your vehicle is up-to-date with oil changes, brake checks, and tire rotations. Likewise, inspecting your windshield wipers, headlights, and other important parts of your car will make sure they are in proper working order for springtime. Ensuring all fluids are topped off and finding out your traction rating are also great ideas if you are heading into a rainy season and likely to encounter slippery surfaces. Taking these steps now can save money on potentially costly issues and keep you safe from any potential accidents caused by vehicle neglect as we enter the spring season.
Test Your Battery
If you work from home, or just don’t drive as much in winter, it is possible that your car has been sitting dormant for days or even weeks at a time. If this sounds familiar, one of the first things you’re going to want to do this spring is test your battery. Even if you do drive a lot, cold weather can take a toll on car batteries, so it's important to make sure yours is still working properly before you hit the road and enjoy that warm spring weather. If your battery isn’t in good condition, you may not only find yourself stranded, but you are at a higher risk for an accident, so get it checked out now and be safe on the roads all spring!
Wash & Wax Your Car
After the harsh winter months, it is always a good idea to take the time to give your car a thorough wash and wax. Not only will this make sure you are driving a clean and presentable vehicle, but it will also help to protect the paint from the elements, such as salt and mud. Wax helps to coat and lock in your car’s exterior color, making it resilient against fading, scratching, staining, or other surface damage caused by environmental factors. Plus, even a basic wash can help improve visibility and clean out dirt and debris from parts of your car that could be at risk for interference. Taking a few hours once a year to give your car a wash and wax will save you a greater investment down the line, protecting your vehicle from further costly repairs or replacements and keeping it looking great at the same time.
What Else Can I Do to Protect My Vehicle?
An extensive service check from a professional mechanic can identify any damage done to your car during the cold months, ruling out Issues such as damaged radiators, old antifreeze, and even a failing emissions system. But even following the basic steps mentioned above will help you take care of your car after a harsh winter and make all the difference in keeping you protected on the roads this season.
There’s nothing like peace of mind knowing that your car is in good operating condition and all necessary preventive maintenance has been taken care of. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we’re all about peace of mind, like the peace that comes with knowing if you have been in an accident, you have options. Call for legal guidance today if you or a loved one has recently experienced a car accident, and remember, when you’re out on the roads this spring, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.