With spring just around the corner, getting out in the car in the brighter and sunnier weather can be very exciting indeed. But preparing your car properly for the warmer weather can make more of a difference than perhaps some motorists realise.
Road safety charity IAM has offered some tips to motorists in the UK about how to properly prepare their cars for the warmer weather.
All of the tips from the Institute of Advanced Motorists come from top advanced driver Peter Rodger.
The seven main tips for motorists to prepare their car this spring are as follows:
Now is a perfect time to give your a car a spring clean. Salt is corrosive and will cause rusting if it is left on your car’s bodywork. If possible, it is recommended that you take your vehicle to a car wash that specialises in under-car cleaning to get rid of every trace.
With the spring representing the start of the UK pollen season, it can be a miserable time for hayfever sufferers. For this reason, motorists should replace their car’s pollen filter annually, as well as keeping their air conditioning well maintained.
Servicing your air conditioning will also help your car to smell better. If it smells stale when you turn the heating on, then it could be a sign that mould is building up in your car’s condenser.
Countless numbers of flies will be out in force soon so make sure that you refill your washer fluid. Ensuring that you wash the windscreen and headlights when you stop for fuel is also important as windscreen wipers will not remove all of the fly debris.
Remember to replace your car’s wiper blades regularly as old ones can leave marks on your vehicle’s windscreen – as well as being noisy. Clean the blades regularly in order to avoid damaging your car’s windscreen.
After a winter full of potholes, check your vehicle’s wheel and tyre alignment, as misaligned tyres wear out more quickly.
Anti-freeze contains corrosion inhibitors, so make sure to keep your car topped up all year round. Driving without filling your vehicle up with anti-freeze could lead to expensive engine damage.
Speaking about the tips, IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger commented: “After a long winter of wear and tear from snow, salt and potholes, your car needs attention. Preparing for the spring and making checks now can save you a lot of money in the long run.
“Deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen - they can become very expensive if left to build up over time."
If you have any questions about how to best prepare your car for the spring, you should contact your local dealerships or garages.