By Erin Thompson on December 2, 2019 in life hacks
One way to help ease those woes is to give your car maintenance check-ups seasonally. By checking in with your ride every few months, you can keep your vehicle running smoothly, and maybe even save some cash.
Filters: After a long summer of fun and road trips, fall is the perfect time to check your filters. Making sure your air, oil, and fuel filters are clean and clear can help assure your car runs smoothly, and it may help you avoid any potential mechanical issues.
Tires: If you live in an area that gets snow or ice, you should definitely make checking your tires a priority before winter hits your doorstep. The change in seasons is a prime time to check tire pressure, rotate your tires, and check the tread. Healthy tires are key for a healthy car.
Battery: It’s common for batteries to run out of juice in the winter. The cold temperatures can make it more difficult for a tired battery to keep on working. This is a good time of year to check your battery and make sure it will last the season. If it is on the older end of the spectrum or is starting to look weathered, you may want to consider replacing it. If you check around, some shops may offer to check your battery health for free.
Wintertime Emergency Kit: It’s important to have a car emergency kit all year-round, but the beginning of winter is a great time to check your wintertime emergency kit. Make sure you’re stocked up on kitty litter for stuck tires, a snow shovel, a blanket, and the necessities.
Windshield Wipers: Your windshield wipers have quite a tough job in the winter. Snow and ice can be hard on your wipers, and they’ll probably be pretty worn by the time spring finally rolls around. Spring is a great time to replace your wipers, so you’re ready for April showers and those summertime thunderstorms.
Coolants: As the weather starts warming, take the time to check those coolant levels. Checking your coolant levels, condition, and your antifreeze can help make sure your car is ready for those hot summer days.
Lights: Summer is a great time to check on your headlights and tail lights. It’s especially not easy to notice when one light goes out. Make it a point to get out of your car and ensure each one comes on. While you're there you can check turn signals and brake lights as well! That sure beats getting a ticket for having one out, or not being able to see well on a late-night summer drive.
Summertime Emergency Kit: Winter isn’t the only time you need an emergency kit. You should have a summertime emergency kit for any summer breakdowns. You’ll want to re-stock anything you may be running low on from the winter, but also add new items for the new season. Make sure you’ve got plenty of water, sunscreen, and a spare tire ready in case of a flat.
Year-round car maintenance
Breaking down your maintenance throughout the year may help you avoid spending thousands on car maintenance all at one time. By looking at small things to tackle each season, you can ensure your car is always running in tip-top shape.