Finally, spring has sprung! The weather is warmer and our winter coats are back in the closet. Just like how we change our activities and wardrobes, our cars need some TLC for the warmer months too. Here are some basic tips and tricks on how to “springtomize” your car.
- Change your windshield washer fluid
In the winter months, you may have swapped out your washer fluid for a “winter wash” style of fluid. While that fluid is great for breaking down ice on your windshield, the formula isn’t intended for the warmer months. Consider switching to a regular washer fluid or a hot-weather-specific blend.
- Check the windshield wipers.
Your wipers put in overtime in cold months, helping remove ice and similar winter debris. Always check your wipers for tears or cuts and, if needed, replace.
- Get a sun shade
A sun shade isn’t so much a requirement as it is an accessory, but it’s a useful accessory either way. Sun shades are big, tin foil looking covers that go over your windshield when you’re not driving. This is especially useful on cars painted dark colors, because it helps prevent your car from being ridiculously hot when pared outside.
- Have your A/C system checked.
You’re A/C system has been sitting dormant now for a few months. Your coolant may be low/dirty and other systems used to cool your car may be running a little weak. It’s best to have your car serviced now in the spring so that when the hottest of the summer months roll around, you’re A/C is at peak performance.
- Check your tires.
Depending on how severe the weather was during the winter, your tires may have worn a bit quicker than expected. Check to make sure there aren’t any holes/leaks/bumps or uneven wear.
- Consider window tint
Similar to the sun shade, window tint works to keep some of the sunlight out of your car. This not only makes the windows darker but also helps it keep cool (and in some cases, provide UV protection.) Just remember that most states where window tint laws are in place, 35% tint is the lowest you legally can go.
- Wash the car’s underbody.
There is no bad reason to wash your car’s underbody, but if you live somewhere where the roads were salted to prevent snow and black ice buildup, it is incredibly important. Salt left on the underbody of a car can cause the frame to rust, which is an extreme safety hazard, and lowers the overall value of your vehicle.
Now that the warmer months are here to stay, be sure to consider the tips above, and most importantly, have a safe and happy spring!