Just like you adjust your wardrobe for the changing seasons, your vehicle requires additional care once the temperatures begin to rise. This blog will discuss what specific maintenance a vehicle may need to ensure it is safe and running efficiently as you transition from winter to spring.
Pre-Season Vehicle Maintenance to Remember
Topping Off Vehicle Fluids
Your vehicle’s fluids are essential components that help keep it running smoothly. Before taking any long trips this spring, make sure all of your engine oils, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels are sufficient. If you’re ever unsure about how to check these fluids, consult with a professional mechanic before continuing on. Additionally, topping off windshield wiper fluid can help ensure visibility in case of rain or snowfall during springtime travel.
Tire Pressure Check
Not only does regular tire pressure checks increase gas mileage and tire performance, having fully inflated tires can also reduce the chances of an accident occurring due to an unexpected blowout. Tire pressure is especially critical when driving on wet roads during the spring season, as hydroplaning is more likely to occur if there is insufficient air pressure in a vehicle’s tires. Make sure to use a reliable gauge that has been calibrated correctly when checking and adjusting your tire pressure.
Check Lights And Wiring
Your headlights should be bright enough so that other drivers can see you coming down the road at night or in poor weather conditions—especially during those heavy spring showers! In addition to ensuring that all lights are working properly, check all electrical wiring and connections in order to avoid issues such as dimming headlights or other electrical malfunctions while driving. You may also want to consider giving your headlights a nice clean, as mud and dirt from melting snow may have caused them to become hazy.
Even if you take the necessary precautions to ensure your vehicle is prepared, negligent drivers may still be a significant hazard on the roads. If you or a loved one becomes injured this spring in a motor vehicle accident, the team at Steele Adams Hosman can help ensure you receive the compensation you need to heal from your injuries and recover lost wage. Call (801) 999-1506 to schedule a free consultation today.