Winter may not be the most fun season, especially when you consider how the weather wreaks havoc on your car. Snow and ice increases the risk of accidents, road salt rusts the exterior, and freezing temperatures may cause damage to other parts of the car. All of that makes driving in spring particularly precarious, especially when the rains come, the ice melts and roads get slick.
Rebounding from the winter
Many drivers decide to celebrate the return of spring with a road trip to warmer climes. That's a great way to get back into the swing of good weather, but it can place a lot of stress on your car. Odds are your vehicle needs a little care before racking up the miles, which makes a tune-up or professional check a priority.
"Spring break time is finally here. While jumping in the car and heading to a warmer climate may sound like a great idea, don't forget to make sure your car is road ready before you go," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "A pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind because you can take steps to have any needed repairs performed before you go."
How to avoid breakdowns
Preventing breakdowns doesn't have to be difficult. Most problems can be avoided with a few simple repairs or updates. The Car Care Council recommended drivers take a look at the brakes to ensure they are operating at a high level. You'll need these gears to be working so you can come to full stops on wet spring roads and respond quickly to wild animals or other road obstacles.
Next, be sure to check under the hood to guarantee all belts, hoses and tubes are intact. Cold temperatures can make some of these materials brittle and could lead to tears or fraying. If one of these breaks completely, it could leave you stranded, but it's easily avoided with a little forethought and a fast replacement. While you're at it, examine the gas cap and fluid levels in the automobile. Refilling any liquids and checking for leaks is a quick task that can prevent major issues later on, according to the Car Care Council.
"Even the most vigilant car maintenance won't help if your ride is past its prime."
Get a fresh start this spring
Even the most vigilant car maintenance won't help if your ride is too far past its prime. If you've had it with costly repairs, aggravating breakdowns and subpar driving performances, it's probably time to embrace a new beginning and get behind the wheel of a used car.
New Jersey State Auto boasts a wide selection of Carfax-certified used cars, trucks and vans, any of which could be perfect for you. Purchasing one of these high-quality vehicles doesn't have to break the bank either. Our facility has an in-house financing department that can help you secure an auto loan or credit approval quickly and easily.