If you live in a colder climate, your car may have taken a beating this winter. Weather oddities ranging from polar vortex problems to snowy southern states have popped up all over the country, and in the chaos of it all your car may have been a little neglected. But that’s okay! Whether spring has already sprung for you or you’re still waiting for that warm weather to arrive, it’s never too early to think about spring car maintenance.
In honor of February, the month of love, here are 4 ways you can take care of your car this spring, from tidying your trunk to trying non-standard car insurance.
1. Service Your Car
You should be servicing your car at least twice a year, regardless of the weather. But with winter fading, it’s especially important to make sure your car is running optimally after all that cold, wet weather. Make sure you check (or have your mechanic check) your brakes, your oil, and the levels of your transmission, coolant, brake, and power steering fluids. You should also check your car’s belts, since cold weather can weaken them.
2. Take Care of Your Tires
Winter is especially hard on tires, and servicing them will ensure even tread wear and make them last longer. Rotate, fill, and balance your tires. Make sure your spare is still in good shape. And if your tires are ready to call it quits, don’t hesitate to get new ones—they may be pricey, but safe tires make for much safer roads.
3. Do Some Spring Cleaning
During winter it’s easy for miscellaneous stuff to pile up in your car. Now that it’s spring, open your doors, pull all of it out and vacuum all those nooks and crannies. After you have given the inside a good cleaning, wash and wax your car to protect it from springtime sap and pollen. When cleaning, pay special attention to the undercarriage of your car, which may have accumulated salt (which can lead to rust) from the icy winter roads. You can protect your windshield from those impending April showers with a rain-repellent windshield coating.
4. Check Your Car Insurance Policy
Do some more spring cleaning by getting your budget in order and looking at your insurance policies. If winter has brought some unfortunate accidents or changes in your budget, consider getting a different insurance policy like a non-standard car insurance policy. If you are concerned about still getting the most for your car insurance, know that less expensive doesn’t necessarily have to mean lower quality. Non-standard car insurance is a great way to get the coverage you need at a price that is friendly to your new budget and your car. Non-standard car insurance can also include additional protection like roadside assistance, which is handy if you get caught in bad weather in winter or spring.
More Tips and Non-Standard Car Insurance from Direct General
For more tips from Direct General you can also check out our Car Care Tips. How do you show your car love when spring arrives? Any advice we missed? Let us know by finding Direct General on Facebook and Twitter.