Winter can be rough on cars. As the weather warms up around the country, why not take advantage and get your ride ready for spring? Here are some tips and tricks to help you along the way:
Get your car washed and detailed
Deep clean your car inside and out. Vacuuming, shampooing, and treating leather and plastic surfaces should all be on your list. (As well as getting dirt and grime out of hard to reach places!) If you have the time to spare, do it yourself or consider hiring a professional to get your ride as close to showroom-ready as possible. Also, clean out your glove compartment and make sure your important documents are within reach.
Check your tires
Winter weather means one thing for roads: potholes. Potholes can cause wear and tear on your tires and worn tires are dangerous. Spend some time making sure your tires are up-to-date and that you switch back to regular rubber if you use snow tires. Make sure that you have a good enough spare that is easy to get to in case of a roadside emergency.
Check your oil
The shift of seasons is always a great time to check your engine oil. Check out BluePrint Engines’ 10w30 engine oil or our break-in crate engine oil formulated specifically to meet wear and contaminate concerns.
Check your fuel
When was the last time you got a fresh 91 octane fill up? Fuel loses its octane while sitting over the winter. If it’s too low, it can cause detonation.
Update your emergency kit
Every car should have the essentials in an emergency kit, but if you’ve gotten into it a few times this season, it’s time to update and replenish. Make sure to replace any old flashlight batteries and add anything else that you think you may need like bottled water, cell phone chargers, or utility knives.
Buy new floor mats
Winter is especially hard on floor mats and if you have cheap ones, they probably won’t last another season. Invest in a set that’s custom-fit or made of rubber. They are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt or water to touch your car’s carpeting.