How to get your car safe and ready for spring in Ottawa


We often hear about the importance of getting your car ready for the winter season in Ottawa, but it is just as important to prepare your car for spring.  During our long, cold and snowy winters, our cars go through a lot and in order to be ready for spring driving, there are a few things we should all do to make sure that our cars are safe.

One of the first things you should do is to remove your winter tires and replace them with summer or all-season tires.  While winter tires are great for the ice and snow we get in the winter, they are not good, and can even be dangerous, for spring and summer driving.  Summer or all-season tires are more appropriate for warmer weather.

Once temperatures begin to get warmer and spring is just around the corner, it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of your vehicle, inside and out.  During the winter, vehicles are bombarded with low temperatures, ice, snow, salt, etc.  A good cleaning of the outside of your car will help to avoid rust and prolong the life of your car.  Cleaning the interior is also important since winter weather often means dirtier floors and mats due to the snow and slush from boots.  A thorough vacuuming and cleaning of interior surfaces, including windows, will help to rid your vehicle of the dirt and dust accumulated over the winter months.

It is also important to take a look under the hood of your car.  Check that the battery has not started corroding.  Also check the windshield washer fluid, and the air and oil filters.  Most individuals can easily learn to do a quick check of their own vehicle, but if you are unsure, bring your car into a garage or have someone you know take a look.  It is important to routinely do oil changes on your vehicle as this optimizes the performance of your car and helps to keep it running smoothly.

These few simple and easy tasks will help get your car safe and ready for warmer weather.  In addition to these steps, it is also a good idea to bring your vehicle in for servicing.  That way, professionals can make sure that your vehicle is in good condition.  Ensuring that your car is safe and in good condition is an important step in preventing vehicle collisions.

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