Pretty soon, winter will be just a memory and millions of Americans will take to the road to enjoy the warmer weather. So this is the perfect time to remind you that spring car maintenance is something that shouldn’t be ignored. Whether you are driving clear across the country or just across town, it is important that you have your vehicle checked out to ensure it is in top shape.

When winter’s gloom has gone away, the first warm Saturday you will find yourself at the car wash scrubbing away the layer of grime winter left. It will feel liberating to be sure. But don’t stop there, consider giving your auto shop a call and have them perform a maintenance check. Natural State Insurance Group, your auto insurance provider in Arkansas, offer this list of what needs to be checked to ensure auto safety.

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Wiper Blades

Let’s face the facts; you used your windshield wipers a bunch this winter. We aren’t trying to shame you or judge you, we all use our wipers extensively in adverse weather conditions. This is why it is important to check them and in all likelihood have them replaced.

No auto parts are built to last forever, and some last longer than others. Your windshield wipers have a short lifespan and should be changed out as often as possible.

Lights

It is all too easy to check the lights and determine which ones need to be replaced. Driving with lights that are burned out defeats the purpose and makes traveling at night more dangerous.

Check the Tires

Take the time to check the air pressure in your tires. The fluctuating temperatures could have left your tires low on air. Not only do under-inflated tires pose a danger, they will shorten the lifespan of your tread.

Speaking of tire tread, spring is the perfect time to check and make sure your tread is still good. You will also want to check your tires for cracks or other damage that needs to be addressed right away. If you notice that you have uneven tire wear on the front tires, it could be an indication that you need an alignment.

While you are at it, it makes sense to have the tire rotated in the spring as well.

Brake Inspection

You should leave a brake inspection to the professionals as it does require the removal of all four wheels. It is recommended that you have your brakes checked out twice a year, so it makes perfect sense to have them checked out in the spring.

They will be looking for brake pad wear and check and see if the disc behind the wheel is in good shape. If your brake pads are worn down, they will recommend a brake job. If the discs are grooved, they will have to be turned or replaced as well.

Check Belts and Hoses

It’s a good idea to pop the hood and check all of the belts and hoses for cracks and soft spots that could give you trouble down the road. Also, inspect all connections to ensure they are sound and sturdy.

Check Fluid Levels

Consult your owner’s manual and check the fluids and make sure they are where they need to be. If any of the fluids are low, top them off.

Inspect Battery

Winter weather can hasten corrosion and may have loosened your connections. Check the battery and battery posts for wear and ensure they are free from corrosion, dirt and grime. The last thing you want to have happen on that summer road trip is to have to deal with a car that has stalled because of an issue with the battery.

Check Alignment

If there is ever a time when you might lose control of your car and smack into a curb, it will likely be in the winter navigating icy roads. And as you know, winter is when you are most likely to slam into a nasty pothole. For these reasons, it is a good idea to have your alignment checked and a car that is out of alignment will chew through tires at an alarming rate.

Take the time to go through this list this spring and ensure you have a safe summer. If you have questions concerning auto insurance, contact Natural State Insurance Group.