Tips to get your vehicle in shape for National Car Care Month

April 2, 2013 12:00 AM

April is National Car Care Month, which gives drivers across the U.S. an incentive to have their vehicle looked at in preparation for spring and summer travels. Car owners will want their automobiles to be in peak condition so as to handle high temperatures, crowded beach traffic and seasonal storms. The easiest way to make sure everything is running as it should is to have a car checked as part of its standard scheduled maintenance.

The Car Care Council recommends all drivers conduct some basic vehicle maintenance to make sure their automobiles were not damaged by harsh winter weather. Throughout April, car owners should be sure to check hoses and belts to see if they became cracked, frayed or loose during the colder seasons, in addition to looking at things like the brake system and steering to ensure everything is in proper working order. Before temperatures reach scorching levels, drivers will want to have their heating, ventilation and air conditioning system examined, as this is critical both for comfort and safety reasons. 

Drivers can usually check the status of straightforward things, such as fluid levels, tires, wipers and lighting. All of these are essential parts of the automobile but are also relatively easy to gage the condition of, so even motorists with a smaller background in car care can get in on the action. 

"Whether you visit a professional service technician or do it yourself, a thorough vehicle inspection this spring can help keep your car safe and dependable and help you avoid much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. 

While drivers can conduct a loose examination of their own vehicles, the most comprehensive check comes courtesy of a tune up at an auto repair franchise. In addition to the basics of vehicle maintenance, one of these audits can survey the status of brakes, a transmission, cooling system, engine and more, Your News Now reports. Many of these areas may have problems that are not evident to the untrained eye, so getting a professional to impart his or her judgment is necessary. 

April is the perfect time to get up-to-date on vehicle maintenance and car care. Drivers who want to make sure their automobile can make it through the warmer seasons - or made it through winter - should call for a tune up at their local auto repair franchise as soon as possible to make sure they are getting the most out of their ride. 

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