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Spring cleaning…hate it or love it…either way, it is time to start your cleaning engines! This year I feel like we have SO much to do. With a one year old running around, it seems like I am constantly spinning my ‘cleaning wheels’. I can clean one area, only to have him go right behind me and throw puffs or toys down. One of the biggest areas I have neglected the past year is my car. Yikes. Thankfully, I have Jiffy Lube on my side and we’ve partnered to share with you some cleaning tips to clean your ride this spring.
“Hydrate” Your Car for Spring
You aren’t the only one who needs to refuel to prepare for spring – your car does, too! Be sure to check the levels of all vital fluids, including motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid, and top-off, or change fluids, as needed. Not sure where to start when it comes to checking your vehicle’s fluids? Head over to Jiffy Lube, they can assist!
Unload the Junk in Your Truck
During the winter, the trunk of your car can serve as a catch-all for winter gear and other random items that never quite make it in the house. All that extra weight can affect how well your vehicle performs on the road and could be costing you more money at the gas pump!
Give Your Tires a Little TLC
Check the pressure of each of your tires to ensure they’re filled to the proper level. Check your vehicle owner’s manual or the decal found in the doorjamb or glove compartment of your car to find out what level is right for your vehicle. And don’t forget tire tread! An easy way to see if the tread is worn out is the penny trick. Insert a penny into the tread groove with Abe Lincoln’s face showing, but with his head upside down. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time to replace your tires.
Detail, Detail, Detail! The winter months can wreak havoc on your car interior, and having kids can make anytime of the year difficult to keep your car clean. The change of season is the perfect time to give your car a proper detail, from top to bottom! Use a soft cloth and tiny “tools” (e.g., a toothbrush or cotton swabs) to tackle the steering wheel, dashboard and hard to reach areas, like cup holders and air vents. Remove floor mats for a scrub and give the car floor a thorough vacuum job before replacing them.
Restock Your Car Emergency Kit
Make sure you and your car are prepared for all your warm weather driving adventures – large and small. Your warmer weather car emergency kit should include a flashlight, jumper cables, batteries, electrical tape, a rain poncho, a reflective safety vest, an emergency blanket and a first-aid medical kit. I also like to make sure that I have extra diapers, wipes and non-perishable snacks in our emergency kit-I’ve been known to forget or run out of these items while we’re on the road and having the peace of mind that I have a few spares in the trunk is wonderful!
How do you plan to clean your car this spring?