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Spring has sprung!
That means it’s time to shake off the last remnants of winter and prepare for the warm, sunny days ahead by giving your vehicle a thorough cleaning and inspection.
An exterior car wash is a great way to start, but don’t stop there. Follow these six tips to ensure you’re ready for spring driving:
1. Tidy Up.
As you clean the interior of your vehicle, check items such as your flashlight, first aid kit and spare tire. AAA provides a four-step plan of attack that will have your vehicle ready for road trips in no time.
2. Check for Rust and Corrosion.
Snow, de-icing fluids and road salt can cause significant — and expensive — damage to the underside of your vehicle. So, if you’ve driven in snowy or icy conditions, inspect the underside of your vehicle for rust or other corrosion.
3. Be Prepared for Wet Roads.
Spring is often accompanied by lots of rain. So, check your tires to ensure you have sufficient tread to prevent hydroplaning and check to ensure your windshield wiper blades are not streaking or smearing. “The simplest way to check tire tread depth is with a penny,” according to the Car Care Council. “Insert the penny into the grooves of the tread. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire needs replacement.”
In rainy conditions, remember to avoid cruise control, slow down, and leave room between vehicles. If your vehicle starts to skid, remain calm, continue to look and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go and avoid slamming on the brakes. Learn more with AAA’s “Get a Grip: A Guide to Wet-Weather Driving Techniques” (link downloads a PDF).
4. Lighten Your Load.
Pop that trunk and clean out items you won’t need until the next snowfall. That includes shovels, sandbags and other items you may have been carrying to help improve traction on slick roads. Removing these items from your trunk reduces clutter and could also improve your gas mileage by lightening your car’s load.
5. Get Plenty of Fluids.
Check to see if you need to replace or top-up vital fluids such as oil, wiper fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.
6. Get Ready to Remove Studded Tires.
Laws regarding the use of studded tires vary from state-to-state. AAA offers a handy list of laws and deadlines for all states, including:
- Arizona: Studded tires permitted October 1 – May 1;
- California: Studded tires permitted November 1 – April 30;
- Colorado: Studded tires permitted year-round;
- Idaho: Studded tires permitted October 1 – April 30;
- Oregon: Studded tires permitted November 1 – March 31; and
- Washington: Studded tires permitted November 1 – March 31.
Let Oil Can Henry’s Help.
You can do all this work yourself, or you can get some help from the friendly, trained technicians at your neighborhood Oil Can Henry’s, where you get more value, convenience and service.
Our Famous 18-Point Full-Service Oil Change is no ordinary oil change, it’s a great value that includes:
- Up to five quarts of new Valvoline oil and a new oil filter;
- Complimentary top-ups of your vehicle’s radiator fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and washer fluid;
- A visual inspection of your vehicle;
- A compete check and double-check to make sure the work was done right; and
- Free fluid refills.
Best of all, you get to relax in the comfort of your vehicle and watch us work.
Happy Spring driving from all of us at Oil Can Henry’s!