Does your spring cleaning include your vehicle?
April 02, 2020
Your vehicle has carried you through wind, snow, ice and copious amounts of salt. Time to give it some TLC.
Get your car ready for summer
You may not have had a chance to inspect your vehicle since you put your winter tires on. Well, now that winter is behind us, it’s time to give your car the care it needs.
1. Change your tires
To stay safe on the roads, change your snow tires to all-season or summer tires once you know that the warm weather is back for good.
It’s important to change your tires because winter tires aren’t designed for hot summer temperatures. They can even become a safety hazard by overheating and increasing the risk of a blowout.
Using winter tires in the spring and summer also increases your braking distances and wears the tires down prematurely, costing you more in the long run.
2. Have your vehicle inspected by a professional
Why not have it inspected while the tires are being changed? It’ll be up on the lift anyway.
All garages have a visual check and inspection plan covering multiple points under the hood and vehicle. This usually includes:
- Brakes, steering, suspension
- Battery charge, headlights and position lights
- Essential fluids like motor oil, transmission fluid and coolant
3. Give it a good clean
Even if you leave the technical stuff to your mechanic, you can still invest some time washing the winter grime off your car.
- Put winter equipment away (shovels, cables, blankets, 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 (it’s easy to repair minor chips)
Good reasons to take care of your car
At the end of the day, a little effort in the spring can pay dividends: your car will be cleaner, safer and more reliable. Keeping your car in good condition could even save you money on major repairs over the long-term.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.