Spring Cleaning your Car for your Next Road Trip

 

Spring has finally arrived and kids are soon going to be done with school, now is the time that everyone is thinking of the next big road trip of the summer. It is crucial to freshen up the interior and exterior of your vehicle before you go on your road trip as during the winter our vehicles can undergo a lot of damage and leave our vehicles not as safe.

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Wash exterior of vehicle

You can start by washing your own car at home by using a non-abrasive sponge and car wash soap that is made for vehicles. I do recommend taking it to the car wash to make sure you get the undercarriage as road salt can be tough on our vehicles and carrode the metal.

  • Clean interior- Time to put away the ice scrapers and all the winter gear we have kept inside our cars. Dirt and grime has the tendancy to make its way into our vehicles in the winter and a good vacuum out will make it good as new.
  • Washing windows- nothing is worse than driving down the road and you can barely see out the windshield. Make sure your windows are streak-free and clean.
  • Wax your car – You do not have to wax your car, but it is a good idea to do it least twice a year. Wax comes in liquid, paste and spray. Everyone has their own preference but I have found that paste wax last longer and seems to seal the paint a lot longer than the other forms. In addition, waxing your vehicle will help repel water and make your car look shiny.
  • Clean under hood- Debris, dirt sticks and other items can get stuck near the engine which could lead to bigger problems. Giving your engine a good wipe down and clearing out the debris will make a big difference.
  • Change windshield wipers- Windshield wiper blades can become beat up during the winter and now is the time to check and see if yours are ragged and torn. It is paramount to change them to keep from having a cracked windshield.
  • Check your tires- If you do not have all-season tires and use winter tires, you may want to change your tires as soon as possible. Warmer weather wears tires down faster which in turn will make it harder for your tires to grip the road and cause further problems. Make sure to check the tread on your tires which you can do with a quarter. Insert quarter down into the tread and rule of thumb is if ou see the top of George Washingtons head you have 1/8 of tread left and it may be a good time to tire shop.
  • Check your air conditioning system- Nothing is worse than going into your vehicle and your air conditioner does not function correctly. Make sure it is getting cool in a reasonable amount of time. If it is not, it may be best to get it serviced.
  • Check fluids- It is crucial to check all fluids in your vehicle. During the winter fluids can be depleated quickly and you do not want to run into any troubles on the road.

By following some of these tips you should be ready for the spring/summer season. Have a happy safe road trip!

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