One of the true joys of spring is the first time you can drive with the windows down or sunroof open. I can feel the fresh air on my face just talking about it. Can’t you?
Before you head out for your top-down drive, here are five tips you can use to spring forward:
1. Check your tire pressure.
For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature changes, your tires’ inflation pressure. will change one psi. Use your owner’s manual to find out the optimal pressure, and check the pressure first thing in the morning to get the most accurate reading.
2. Wash your undercarriage.
Most of the time, we’re focused on cleaning the exterior of the car. After a long winter, cleaning the salt and grunge from underneath your vehicle will prevent rust and other damage.
3. Test your battery.
Now is a great time to get your battery checked out. Most auto stores will run a test for free. In addition to the battery’s juice, make sure the connections and posts don’t have extended corrosion or wear and tear.
4. Replace your wipers.
Ice, salt and other winter conditions are brutal on windshield wiper blades. In good conditions, they usually last six to 12 months. Go ahead and replace your wipers now before April’s showers get you caught in a downpour.
5. Flush your cooling system.
When coolant gets older, its protective elements break down. Your cooling system could also have buildup from dirt, rust and other sludge from winter. Fresh coolant and a clean system will keep your engine in top shape as you move to warmer weather.
Now you’re ready for a full tank of gas and the open road. Start your engines and enjoy the drive.