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. 

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Maintain your tires for a safer, smoother drive

Tires are a crucial part of your day-to-day travels, but they can be easily overlooked when you're inspecting your car. It's important to note, however; that there are significant benefits to checking them frequently – including better fuel economy, a safer drive, and easier handling of your device. 

Follow these tips to ensure a smooth ride.  

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Wet roads ahead: Preparing your vehicle and mind to drive on wet roads

With winter snow melting and spring rains upon us, drivers may be facing flooded streets and slippery conditions. And it's not just water that's the problem - rain can mix with oil and other debris, making wet roads even slicker than expected. 

If you find yourself driving in a watery world, follow these tips to stay safe: 

 

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Don't ignore this hidden risk: Understanding underground service lines

Close your eyes for a moment and picture this scenario. 

You have a gorgeous maple tree on your property. For years it's been the focal point of your yard with people often stopping to tell you how lucky you are to have such a beautiful tree on your property. Sure, you're lucky, until that one summer day when that maple tree decides to push a tree root into a water pipe running underneath your property. 

What do you do now?

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Driving safely through work zones: Protecting yourself and construction workers

Roadway construction zones are dangerous, and not just for the people who work in them. In fact, drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes. In Wisconsin alone, there is an average of 2,000 work zone crashes each year and penalties for careless driving through work zones are steep. 

Drivers must stay attentive to safely navigate the barrels, signs, and lane changes that are common in work zones. Being safe in a work zone means paying attention to the three S's: speed, stress, and space. 

 

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