5 tips to keep your car running smoothly this spring

While many associate spring with a deep clean of your home, it's also a good idea to use the change in season to spring clean your vehicle. Winter can take a heavy toll on our cars, both in terms of appearance and driving capabilities. Take advantage of the warmer weather and perform these routine maintenance practices on your vehicle so it's ready to hit the open road in style. 

Wash and wax

Winter driving can cause a substantial amount of road grime, debris, and salt build up on your car. Allowing dirt and grime to remain on your car can affect its paint and finish, while a build-up of salt can lead to rust and other serious problems. To combat this, give your car a good exterior deep clean and wax as soon as the winter is over. 

Check your tire pressure

Your car's tires affect the ride, handling, traction, and safety so it's important to check not only your main set of tires but your spare tire as well. Experts recommend a tire rotation every 5,000 miles to keep tread wear even. 

Replace your wiper blades

If you find that your wiper blades are torn or cracked, they likely won't do you much good during a spring rainstorm. Be sure to replace your blades to make sure you have max visibility on the roads. 

Check your alignment and suspension

Winter can wreak havoc on roadways and driving over potholes, big or small, can damage your car's alignment and suspension. To avoid costly claims, be sure to have your car fully inspected and take care when approaching potholes. 

Charge it up

Cold temperatures can have a pretty big impact on your battery, so spring is the perfect time to have it tested. While you're at it, make sure to check that your battery is securely mounted and the connections are clean, tight and corrosion free. Consider replacing your battery if it is more than five years old. 

By keeping up with these simple car maintenance tips, you can increase the longevity of your car and avoid costly claims in the future. 

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