Spring is finally in the air, and with it, a feeling of optimism and relief across New Jersey. Unfortunately, your car may not be as prepared for spring as you are—without a little freshening up, of course.
To officially shake off the harsh winter side effects, here are a few things (from a recent USA Today article) that you can do to prepare your car for spring. As a New Jersey traffic attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of each precaution.
- Wash the underbody of your vehicle. Salt and other grime has likely coated the underside of your car this winter, with the potential for corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car lose value when it comes time to sell.
- Scrub your vehicle inside and out. The same salt that is hanging out under your car is likely also hurting your paint job. To prepare for spring, give your car a thorough cleaning and wax. This includes scrubbing the bottoms of doors, a major problem-spot for grime build-up. Use a steam cleaner or rug-cleaning spray to remove salt-buildup on your interior carpets. Salt can break down some fabrics and cause tears when feet grind against them.
- Check the tire pressure. Cold weather can cause tires to become underinflated. If you put air in them this winter, however, be sure to check that they aren’t now overinflated—that can happen in warmer weather. Visually inspect the tread of your tires to make sure they’re prepared for the rainy spring.
- Refill any fluids if needed. Many of us drained nearly all our wiper fluid this winter. Besides wiper fluid, also be sure to check and change your oil, brake, and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles, regardless of the weather conditions.
These tips will help your spring drivers be more enjoyable—and safer, in many cases. If you have questions about spring vehicle maintenance, contact a New Jersey service station.
If you have been charged with a traffic violation in New Jersey this spring, contact an experienced New Jersey traffic attorney for the help and guidance you need.
Photo Credit: Flikr User Rami ™