By Scott Mantel, Peoples Insurance Manager
Winter can be rough on your vehicle, especially if you had to battle snow and ice all winter long. April is National Car Care Month. Now that spring is here you should take the time to care for your car.
Here are a few maintenance tips for spring to keep you safe:
Your vehicle's tires are extremely important when it comes to your safety. Tires are the only thing that stands between your car and the road, so make sure they have adequate tread. During the winter, your tires wear faster than usual because of the harsh winter conditions.If you use snow tires during the winter, now is the time to swap them out for your all-season tires. Spring is a great time to have your tires rotated to evenly distribute the everyday wear and tear on tires.
Additionally, with the weather and temperature change, it is possible that your tire pressure will change. Be sure and check your tire pressure and ensure your tires are in the recommended range of 32 and 35 for most passenger vehicles (you can also use this guide to check the recommended tire pressure range for your vehicle).
During the winter, your windshield wipers clear heavy snow and ice. This, along with cold temperatures, can wear down the windshield wipers faster than normal.
During the spring inspection of your car, take the time to clean or replace your windshield wipers. If your windshield wipers do not completely clear water from your windshield, you will know it is time to replace them. You do not want to be caught in a situation where you cannot see due to faulty windshield wipers.
During the winter roads are de-iced with salt, which can potentially cause rust to form. To avoid this, consistently wash your car with a regular high-powered wash cycle. This will rinse any remaining salt off your car. If you do see rust forming on your vehicle, take it to an automotive shop to avoid further development.
Oil and Oil Filter Change
It is recommended that you change your oil on your vehicle every 3,000 miles. With the change in seasons, there is no better time to change your oil. The oil lubricates and cools the engine, but as the oil ages, it becomes less effective. Regular oil and filter changes ensure that your engine is healthy in every season.
During the winter, the brakes of your vehicle are working overtime. With the icy roads and tough driving conditions, it is not unusual for your brakes to be worn out at the end of the season.
If you feel that your brakes may be compromised by springtime (this guide has some great tips to tell if your brakes need replacing), take them to a professional to be inspected and properly replaced.
Make sure that your vehicle is cared for by contacting your local Peoples Insurance agent. Our agents offer local expertise and can help you select which coverage option is right for you. Contact one of our seven locations in Rock Valley, Lester, Sioux Center, Akron, Sheldon, or Hawarden, Iowa, and Jasper, MN.