With warm weather slowly kicking in, many drivers are preparing for spring break or summer travels. But this rough winter - and its consequential effect on cars - may cause unexpected road trip issues. Here are five tips to keep your car, and family, safe on the road this spring:
- If you have snow tires, switch the winter tires out so they don't rapidly wear in warmer temperatures.
- Get windshield wipers and lights tested, or changed, for the rainy spring season.
- Antifreeze coolant should be tested to ensure proper protection is present for the summer months.
- By spring, your vehicle should be ready for tire rotation and balancing. Have your tires checked for any impact or cuts caused by rough winter conditions such as pot holes.
- Belts, hoses and spark plug wires should be checked for signs of cracking caused by cold weather. Extreme temperature changes cause the rubber and insulating materials to dry rot and crack.