04.11.2017 | Driving Tips
Tune Up and Stay Safe This Spring
Following your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule protects you and your vehicle’s warranty. However, did you know it’s also important to check your vehicle between the changing seasons?
After months of winter driving conditions on icy, salty roads, spring is a great time to complete an overall tune up on your vehicle. Maintaining the working condition of your vehicle keeps you safe on the road and prevents unexpected breakdowns or worse, an accident. Consistent, proactive maintenance can also save you from experiencing a breakdown and having to make costly repairs down the road.
Salt and Rust Damage
Winter driving can take a toll on your vehicle, especially if you’ve been driving in icy conditions or on salty roads. Salt is extremely corrosive. As a result, it can speed up the development of rust on your vehicle. After a long winter, it’s important to check your vehicle for any rust or damage to the underbody of your vehicle, including your braking system. Assess any wear or damage and have repairs completed before getting back on the road. To prevent damage from salt, you can have your vehicle treated wtih a protective coating prior to the next winter driving season.
Salt and ice can also cause your windshield wipers to become less effective over time. And, if you’re guilty of attempting to clear your windshield by turning your wipers on rather than using a scraper, the damage will be much worse. When spring hits, it’s a good time to check your wiper blades again and change them if needed. With new wipers, your visibility will be improved and you’ll lower your chances of ending up in an accident.
As the season changes from cold to warmer temperatures, it’s also a good time to check your tire pressure. Fluctuations in temperature can affect your tire pressure and an improperly inflated tire can lead to an accident. You should also remove winter tires and change to your all season tires. Changing from winter to all season tires will help you save on gas. In addition, winter tires are not made for warmer temperatures. The rubber on winter tires is much softer than all season tires and therefore, will wear much faster in warmer temperatures.
When spring hits, not only is a good time to adjust any repairs needed to your vehicle, but be sure to adjust your driving for the changing weather. Don't forget, even though the ice is gone, the roads can still be slippery in rainy conditions. In addition to slippery conditions, the the thawing of ice can also cause new potholes to form on the roads. Be careful to watch the road ahead and take caution where needed when approaching a pothole.
Spring is also the time of year where children are outside playing more and more cyclists make their way back onto the roads. Be sure to share the road and watch for pedestrians as the warmer weather welcomes everyone back outside.
Spring Tune Up Checklist
- Check vehicle for damage from salt and rust
- Have alignment checked and adjusted as needed
- Check all fluids and filters
- Check tire pressure
- Remove winter tires and install all season tires
- Replace Wiper Blades
- Tune up your spring driving habits and avoid high risk driving!