5 tips for spring cleaning your car
Finally, it’s time to say goodbye to those frigid, snow filled days and welcome in the sunshine, cherry blossoms and blue skies of spring. So, it goes without saying, that it's the perfect time to get your spring cleaning in before those blazing summer days-and that includes your car.
1.Clean inside and out
After months of driving through snow, salt and sludge, spring is the time to wash away that winter dirt. Take your car to a carwash and get the outside squeaky clean, or make the most of a sunny afternoon and put some elbow grease into it yourself. Finish things off by shining and waxing the exterior of your car-this will seal the paintwork and repel water beads, which means no troublesome water spots.
Don’t forget about the inside of your car either. From a collection of empty water bottles to month old wrappers, you want to clean out all of the garbage that you’ve been tossing to one side, before giving the whole thing a once over with the vacuum. There’s no better feeling than getting into a freshly cleaned car.
2.Organize your trunk
The trunk tends to act as a general storage unit, and this is never truer than during the winter months. From snow shovels to hockey gear, it’s time to free up some space by eliminating items you won’t be needing during the summer. All of that additional room means there is plenty of space to store your summer items-beach towels, deck chairs and coolers filled with snacks and beer.
3. Change your winter tires
Not only do you need to switch your tires over for the new season, you also need to make sure that you are preserving your tires ready for the next icy cold season. Winter tires are usually made using a unique rubber compound, which creates friction when roads are icy. In the summer this compound can become damaged with heat and humidity. Switch over to all-season tires once you are certain the snow has left for the season.
4. Book a maintenance appointment
While you’re on the task of cleaning, you may as well book in a maintenance appointment to make sure everything is running as it should be. The winter months can be some of the toughest on your car, and although you may notice the damage salt and ice inflicts on the outside of your car, you never know what's happening under the hood.
Make an appointment with your mechanic and get them to check the brakes, change the oil and inspect the engine. You may also want to consider investing in new wiper blades, having your seat belts checked and ensuring the air conditioning is fully prepared for the toasty season ahead. Additionally, consider any safety features that you may not have in place right now-they could save you money in the long run by lowering your auto insurance cost! Not only will this save you money from any unexpected breakdowns in the future, you can also rest easy knowing that you and your family will be safe on those summer road trips.
5. Check your insurance policy
Your auto insurance policy might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think about spring cleaning, but it is a great time to make clarify the details and organize your paperwork-you could end up making some unexpected savings. Although your car may be the same, it might be time to switch up your policy. Make sure that you are fully covered for all of the things you need, but also ensure that you aren’t paying for any additional extras that you don’t need.