Spring cleaning gives people the opportunity to make a fresh start after the winter. While most people think of spring cleaning their homes, it can also be a good time to address your car.
Cleaning your vehicle can help you feel more organized and calm, but it can also help keep you safe and avoid car accidents this season. Below are some tips for how you can accomplish this.
Performing routine maintenance
Whether you drove a lot this winter or your car spent a lot of time in the garage, it could benefit significantly from a tune-up. You or your local auto shop can:
- Change the oil
- Refill the fluids
- Check the battery
- Replace broken lights
- Replace broken windshield wipers
- Check the condition and air pressure of your tires
This routine maintenance can ensure your car is in working order, and it can minimize the risk that your vehicle breaks down or malfunctions in the coming months.
Refresh your driving habits
Driving in the winter is notoriously treacherous in Maryland. Drivers know they should be attentive and cautious behind the wheel when roads are icy, snowy or slick.
However, these behaviors are no less important when the roads are clear, the sun is out and your windows are down. Thus, now can be a great time to commit to driving safely. Remember to:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Obey the speed limit
- Give other vehicles space
- Refrain from driving while distracted, drunk or drowsy
These habits may have been top-of-mind during winter, but they remain critical in every season. And in times of spring storms, be sure you adjust your driving accordingly.
Prepare for road hazards
Countless road hazards seem to crop up when the snow melts. You might notice things like road construction, novice drivers testing their skills out and reckless drivers.
Do not let these hazards catch you by surprise. Keep your eyes open, focus on the road and steer clear of any motorist who may be swerving or driving too fast for road conditions.
Statistics from the National Safety Council show that car accidents increase in the spring as more people drive more miles than in winter. However, with these tips, you can protect yourself and your family from a devastating car crash.