Spring Car Care
It is officially spring and with the weather warming up and summer just around the corner, dbi Brokers is sharing some car care tips for entering the warmer months.
Driving on winter tires when the weather starts getting warm can be destructive to the wheels and dangerous for driving. Winter tires are designed to perform on ice and snow, and they experience exponential wear when driven in warm weather. Not only is this dangerous, but will cost you more money, because the tires will degrade faster when changed seasonally.
Use the 7-degree Celsius rule: switch your tires when the temperature remains at 7 degrees or higher. If you haven’t already, May is typically a good time to change as the weather is consistently getting better.
Preparing Your Car for Warmer Weather
Your car deserves to be treated right. As the warmer weather begins, put some extra effort into preparing your car for the season.
Start by giving your car a good clean: remove dirt and salt from the floor and mats to keep them in useable condition. This is also the perfect time to check for cracks and chips in your windshield, as they are easier to see in good lighting.
Also, your wiper blades may be causing scratches, so inspect them to see if replacement padding is needed. When you change your tires for the season, remember to check the pressure of the tires in use, and ensure the spare tire is in good condition.
Car Emergency Kit
dbi Brokers recommends always having a Car Emergency Kit with you but changing the contents seasonally to suit the needs of possible emergencies. In addition to having essentials such as jumper cables and tools, we suggest creating a kit with the following items in it:
- Food that won’t spoil (ex: granola bars)
- Water bottles
- First aid kit
- Seat belt cutter
- Candle and matches
It’s better to be safe than sorry and having a well-stocked emergency kit can ensure this. Enjoy the warmer months and drive safe