Spring is finally here in Alaska, with the days growing steadily longer and the temperatures rising. Already we’ve seen runners, bicyclists, and even motorcycle riders taking advantage of warmer temperatures in Anchorage. As we sprint out of the winter dreariness, it’s important that your vehicle is as ready for spring as you are.
To officially shake off the winter side effects (although this winter has been unseasonably warm), here are a few things from a recent USA Today article that you can do to prepare your vehicle for spring. As an Alaska car accident injury attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of each precaution.
- Wash the underbody of your vehicle. Salt and other grime has likely coated the underside of your car this winter, with the potential for corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car lose value when it comes time to sell.
- Scrub your vehicle inside and out. The same salt that is hanging out under your car is likely also hurting your paint job. To prepare for spring, give your car a thorough cleaning and wax. This includes scrubbing the bottoms of doors, a major problem-spot for grime build-up. Use a steam cleaner or rug-cleaning spray to remove salt-buildup on your interior carpets. Salt can break down some fabrics and cause tears when feet grind against them.
- Clean off your headlights. I have actually seen a few accident cases recently where a crash was caused by a lack of visibility due to grime/snow on headlights. Make sure you clean your vehicle’s headlights so that you can see in front of you, and other drivers can spot your vehicle easier in the dark.
- Check the tire pressure. Cold weather can cause tires to become underinflated. If you put air in them this winter, however, be sure to check that they aren’t now overinflated—that can happen in warmer weather. Visually inspect the tread of your tires to make sure they’re prepared for the rainy spring.
- Refill any fluids if needed. Many of us drained nearly all our wiper fluid this winter. Besides wiper fluid, also be sure to check and change your oil, brake, and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles, regardless of the weather conditions.
These tips will help your spring drivers be more enjoyable—and safer, in many cases. If you have questions about spring vehicle maintenance, contact an Anchorage service station.
If you have been injured in an Alaska car accident this spring, contact an experienced Anchorage car accident injury attorney for the help and guidance you need.