Vehicle Tips For Summer Travel + Prize Pack Giveaway

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The harsh winter is finally over, and the warmer weather has arrived. I’m not a big fan of driving during cold snowy days and don’t venture out much during the winter, but I’ll take a road trip in the spring or summer with no problem. We spend a lot of time in the vehicles during the warmer moths, we’re always visiting amusement parks, taking trips to the lakehouse, and exploring new family friendly events.

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When planning upcoming road trips it’s important to take care of any damage done by this year’s harsh winter. Just this past week we had to replace the tires on our SUV, the harsh winter took it’s toll with all of the salt, plus we found out the alignment was slightly off after hitting all of those pot holes.

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  • Wash your car at a professional car wash. Winter months can be especially hard on your vehicle and washing your car is an easy first step to making your car feel new again. Using a professional car wash is a great way to protect the environment. According to the International Carwash Association, WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of water or less per car while recycling and filtering their water to prevent harmful chemicals from going into our rivers and streams. Professional car washes also remove salt from the undercarriage of your vehicle, which is a must after a long winter.  By comparison, the average home washing machine uses 41 gallons per cycle, and a garden hose uses 63 gallons of water in just five minutes. You can learn more, and find a WaterSavers wash at Washwithwatersavers.com.
  • Give the inside a deep clean. Winter’s elements are hard on the outside of your car, but many people forget the abuse the vehicle’s interior takes as well. Think of how many times you’ve crawled into your vehicle with dirty, snowy feet and you can begin to understand why cleaning the inside is necessary. Apply some baking soda and a rubber sponge to your floor mats for an environmentally friendly and efficient clean. Then, wipe down interior surfaces with a microfiber cloth and vacuum the fabric and floor to remove dirt, sand, salt and dust.
  • Don’t forget the maintenance check. Winter is finally over, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle can skip an overall maintenance check, especially if you want to save energy. Make sure to have your oil changed and give your vehicle an once-over. Check the fluid levels as well. The more efficiently your vehicle runs, the more gas you’ll save.
  • How’s your tire pressure and alignment? Low tire pressure will cause your vehicle to overexert itself and waste gas so make sure your tires are up to the task. Your tires list their recommended pressure on the side. If you can’t find it, you can find the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual. It is also a good idea to have a certified technician conduct an alignment test since it could have been thrown off by driving over pot holes during the winter months.

Do you perform any yearly maintenance n your vehicles after the winter months? Check the tires? Get an oil change or a car wash?

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I clean the car inside and out and check the tire pressure

  2. Elena says:

    I change the air filters and oil

  3. Julie Wood says:

    I always check air pressure and tire alignment after winter because it is a safe thing to do. And I have to get a car wash because the car is so dirty, and I vacuum and clean out the interior.

  4. Amy Orvin says:

    I always get my brother to change the oil and filter after the winter. He loves working on cars and doing the maintenance on them.

  5. Sandra VanHoey says:

    Yes, just like when we get the vehicle winterized we do the same after winter months getting fluids checked and just actually changed tired and got new ones

  6. KV says:

    I clean the inside of the car & check tire pressure.

  7. Jessica To says:

    I try to clean my vehicle inside and out and get the oil changed.

  8. Lisa says:

    I normally vacuum the inside of my car to get rid of all the winter grossness

  9. Janet W. says:

    I usually clean the inside of my car and get a mechanic to check my tire pressure and rotate and balance them.

  10. cheryl s says:

    yes we do an oil change, car wash and detail, check fluids, belts and hoses

  11. Birdiebee says:

    I will have an oil change in the next two months but always get the pressure in my tires checked although my vehicle will tell me if the pressure is low. I keep thinking I will clean my car thoroughly but the weather has not been nice enough to get this done. But I do a spring cleaning on the vehicle every year, weather permitting.

  12. shelly peterson says:

    I definitely clean the car inside and out once winter is over

  13. Jessie C. says:

    I do maintenance check and detail after winter months.

  14. nicole dz says:

    I always keep my car up to date with mantience. I often check tire pressure, get the tires rotated when needed, alignments, oil change, and so on. It makes me feel secure when I do this stuff regularly.

  15. Ashley Tucker says:

    I do routine maintenance and also get my car detailed after winter months.

  16. steven weber says:

    I always clean my car inside and out.

  17. Yup! Car usually gets a good vacuum out! I usually will spend the money for a car wash too to get all the salt off of it too from the roads!

  18. Kimberly Schotz says:

    After winter is the ideal time for a fresh start. I alway check my tire pressure.

  19. Emily says:

    I usually do, I do a thorough clean and vacuum and wash inside and out.

  20. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    My husband always changes the oil and does a tune up for me.

  21. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    After Winter We Get Tires Rotated, Change Filters, And Detail Clean Our Car Inside And Out

  22. Marsha Hinton says:

    Yes, I just did.

  23. shaunie says:

    I usually do the routine maintenance on the car after the winter months. I also take out the extra blankets that were put in for emergencies as well as other items

  24. Kenya F says:

    We usually rotate the wheels and change the oil after the winter month

  25. Elle says:

    I like the have the tired and oil checked after the winter time.

  26. latanya says:

    yes we do routine maintenance

  27. Lacey Burd says:

    Absolutely! We have pretty harsh winters here in Michigan. My husband always takes our vehicles in for a complete tune up and tire rotation every spring.

  28. I just had an oil change. I don’t do much to the car but I did drive it to have my tires checked and had to buy 2 new ones.

  29. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I always spend a day cleaning out the inside of the car. It always need a good scrubbing after a long Winter!

  30. Tammy S says:

    We always give the cars a good detailing after the winter. They usually need to be scrubbed out after all the mud, sand and other stuff gets tracked in.

  31. Melissa Teears says:

    We wash the truck inside and out

  32. Laura J says:

    We always give the car a good wash and make sure to get it really good underneath to get all the salt off. We also check the tire pressure…and get an oil change!

  33. Cindy B says:

    Our routine cleaning after winter includes cleaning pine needles off the roof!

  34. Janice Cooper says:

    We get the oil changed and tires rotated along with a good car cleaning inside and out.

  35. Barbara Montag says:

    My brother is taking care of this for me – time for me to start doing it!
    thank you

  36. ColleenMarie says:

    Probably just a car wash, we do the big clean-up tune up before a vacation.

  37. iamalighthouse says:

    Yep! Oil changes, washes, and waxes for my car! 🙂

  38. Wanda McHenry says:

    We really don’t have a winter here so we don’t do anything special, just keep up with the routine maintenance.

  39. Kim Reid says:

    I like to have an oil change and check all the fluids.

  40. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I usually check the tires and change the oil

  41. Thomas Murphy says:

    I clean and wash my car inside and out after the winter.

  42. Deanna says:

    I do not do any routine maintenance or cleaning after the winter months (my bad!). :O

  43. trixx says:

    I wash it but that’s it. Yikes.

  44. Lisa L says:

    My husband does the maintenance/cleaning after the winter.

  45. iamalighthouse says:

    Who won? 🙂

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