The springtime sun blazing overhead can be a relief after a long winter. Before you strike out on a road trip to enjoy the freedom of the open road, however, you should consider making sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. As April is National Car Car Month, try to check the following items off your maintenance list before you take a long trip:
- Tune up the little details. After a long winter of abuse, your vehicle could undoubtedly use some TLC. Aside from the major points, such as tire alignment and radiator repair, try to keep things like your windshield wipers and the blinking lights on your dashboard on your radar. While they aren't always essential to the longevity of your vehicle, they could snowball into bigger issues later on if they aren't taken care of early.
- Cleanliness is important. Debris from the road, especially if you live in a rural area, can sit on the body of your car and slowly corrode the paint. The salts that are used during winter months to de-ice pavement can also speed up the rusting process. Make sure you're washing and waxing your car regularly to prevent any long-term damages.