Are you sick of winter yet? I know I am! But the end is almost near and soon it will be time for those glorious road trips. The windows rolled down, some good music playing on the radio, and a long stretch of highway in front of you. Hurry up spring, we miss you!
Of course you can’t go on those long road trips without getting your car prepared. Here are some quick tips to make sure you get to where you’re going and not sitting on the side of the road.
Check Your Tire Tread
Checking your tread is pretty easy. To check the depth simply place the edge of a penny into the tread of each tire. If the tread covers Abe Lincoln’s head you are good to go. If not, then you need new tires.
Check Your Battery
If your battery is more than four years old and sometimes takes a few seconds to start your motor, you should take it to your local auto parts supplier to get tested and, if necessary, replaced.
Top Off Your Coolant
Make sure your coolant is at the proper level. Most cars have a fluid level gauge, so consult your owner’s manual to find out how to check the level on your particular model. Make sure you only open the coolant cap when your car is cool. Opening the cap when your car has been driven can be very dangerous.
Check Your Brakes
Make sure your brakes are in good working order. If you they are not “catching” properly, scrub, or take longer to stop than they should take your car to a mechanic to get them checked. It may be a good idea to do it anyway just to be extra safe.
Change Your Oil
Regular oil changes can make all the difference in making sure your car has a long, healthy life. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for oil change intervals and oil viscosity, and make sure to change the oil filter as well. Some car shops offer fluid top offs, tire checks, battery checks, and even tire rotation included their oil change prices, so you can take care of almost all of your spring maintenance in just one stop.