Don’t Be a Fool: Stay on Top of Spring Car Maintenance

Spring vehicle maintenance isn’t that important, right? That’s what April fools think. Keeping your vehicle up to date with routine seasonal service will keep it working for you for much longer, and that’s no joke. These spring car maintenance steps will help you avoid serious transportation troubles this season.

Catch up on your service schedule

Is there anything you haven’t been keeping up with on your vehicle? Now is the time to get oil changes, filters replaced, and other fluids checked or refilled. Things like transmission fluid, brake fluid, and even wiper fluid are important.

Replace your wipers

Remember, April showers bring May flowers. Instead of letting your visibility get bogged down under all that rain, replace your vehicle’s old windshield wipers so you can see clearly — before the rain is gone.

Look at your tires

Tires are one of the most important components of your feelings, and they need some TLC. Even if you bought a new set recently, now is the time to get them rotated. Check tire pressure and make sure everything’s up to par. If tire tread is worn, it might be time to stop by Dave Kehl Chevrolet for some new tires

Get an engine check-up

Even if everything else looks good from a DIY perspective, spring is a great time to get your car to somebody who knows what they’re doing, like a dealership service technician. Have them give your vehicle’s mechanical parts a once-over to make sure it’s all in working order.

Need some essential spring car maintenance done? Visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, OH.

What Should Be in a Roadside Emergency Kit?

No matter the season, no matter the weather, it’s essential that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle that will assist you in the event of an emergency. What should be in a roadside emergency kit? Here are some of the essential components.

Blanket and seasonally appropriate clothing

Having a blanket to keep you warm can be a big help if you find yourself stranded by the roadside during the winter. Your roadside emergency kit should also have a change of clothes in case you need them — think a pair of fresh socks, a jacket or hooded sweatshirt, and gloves or hats. When spring and summer roll around, you can swap these out for warmer-weather clothes like flip flops, tank tops, and so on.

Jumper cables

Having jumper cables in your car is essential because, while it may seem like a foregone conclusion that everyone has them, that is far from the case. If you have a dead battery and need a jump, don’t rely on someone else having jumper cables to get you out of a pickle. Better still, if you have cables of your own, you can get someone else out of a jam.

Tool kit

Keep a wrench, screwdrivers, a knife and other multi-purpose tools in your emergency kit. Along with the tools, keep a list of instructions on how to fix common roadside vehicle issues if you don’t already know how to fix them.

Water and snacks     

Always keep a few bottles of water and some granola bars, or other long-lasting food items in your emergency kit in case you get stranded for a while. If you have a pet that you sometimes travel with, include some kibble and water for them as well. There are so many more things to include in a roadside emergency kit, so don’t stop short with these items. If you need help putting together a list or you want a stylish new vehicle to put your roadside emergency kit in, visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg.