The longer days and kinder weather of spring would seem to provide a much nicer driving environment than the dark, wet winter. But spring comes with its own set of problems and challenges which means it is best to be prepared for the roads in this unpredictable time of year. Here are some great tips for car care and driving advice during the spring.
Change your driving style
As the seasons change so does the way you need to drive. As the winter melts away it can be refreshing to drive to work and drive home in lighter conditions, but you also may need to look out for the sun sitting low in the sky. A low sun can impair visibility so you may need to adjust your journey so that you aren’t driving directly into the path of the sun, if possible.
Another consequence of the arrival of spring is that you’ll naturally find more cyclists on the road as commuters strive to make use of the better weather. You will to watch out for these cyclists as they can provide a different sort of challenge to be aware of.
Clean the outside
If you don’t clean your car regularly, spring is the perfect time to make the effort. The winter is tough on cars with mud, grime and rain all adding up to cause problems. Buy some specialist car shampoo and give your car a thorough clean. You’ll need to pay close attention to the lower parts of the vehicle as dirt tends to get particularly caked on here.
You may start to notice some areas of corrosion and these should be dealt with as soon as possible to stop them from getting any worse. If there is any corrosion that is especially bad you should get in contact with an expert about it as it will probably need to be fixed professionally.
Clean the inside
Once you’re done with cleaning the exterior, it’s time to focus on the inside. Cars get damp over the winter due to wet shoes and clothes often being in contact with the inside of the car, so it’s important to clean and dry it properly.
Remove loose mats and give them a thorough wash. You can then vacuum the carpets and even shampoo them if necessary.
Use your garage
The weather is still very changeable in the spring and that means it’s a great idea to protect your car from the elements. If you have a garage you should definitely be storing your car here during the springtime.
For many people, using the garage is an issue of convenience. Having to get out, open the door and then drive in feels like an unnecessary use of time if there are parking spaces available on the road. If this applies to you, it could be worth investing in automatic garage doors that can be opened from your car before you drive in.
If you switched to winter tyres in order to improve performance in the bad weather, now could be the perfect time to switch back over. Winter tyres have no benefit in the warmer months so all you’ll be doing is wearing them down unnecessarily. In fact, summer tyres generally provide you with more grip so your handling will improve which should also make your driving safer and more economical.
If you never change over to winter tyres, this is still a good time to give your tyres a comprehensive checking over. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm and you should also look out for any cuts or bulges.
Check the air conditioning
You probably didn’t have much use for your car’s air-con during the winter so now is the right time to check that it is functioning properly. Check that the coolant is still working correctly and that the air conditioning does not have an unusual smell. If there is an odour emitting from the air conditioning it’s probable that mould has built up in the filter.
Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside Home Improvement companies including Wessex Garage Doors, who were consulted over this post.