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Spring Vehicle Safety Inspection

by | Jun 10, 2013 | Auto Repair, General Car Maintenance, Vehicle Safety Inspections

The winter season can be very hard on your car.  As spring hits full swing, it is the perfect time to have an automotive technician inspect all aspects of your vehicle that you might have neglected during those cold, icy winter months. Doing general vehicle maintenance is important after such brutal weather because the cold can cause different components of your vehicle to breakdown. This can cause you major headaches if these problems are not caught.  Regular vehicle maintenance should continue during the spring to ensure top performance of your vehicle.

Key Aspects of a Spring Vehicle Safety Inspection

Driving conditions are much better during the spring than in the winter months. However, it is still important to perform key vehicle inspections. A spring vehicle inspection will begin with checking for proper tire inflation. Heat causes things to expand, which can hinder your tire’s air pressure. At the same time, tires should be evaluated for sufficient tread.  Frequent rain showers are common in the spring, making it critically important to have well-functioning wiper blades and sufficient quantities of washer fluid. Your wiper blades should not be ragged or improperly installed. Often times the ice during the winter months can cause your wiper blades to fall apart. Purchasing high-quality wiper blades is beneficial in that it often results in better contact with the windshield surface and therefore makes for a clearing windshield. Check your brakes and brake fluid.  This will ensure that your vehicle is coming to a stop, as it should. Overlooking this can bring danger to yourself and other drivers.  Inspect your belts and hoses as they can also become worn and blistered over time.

Important Components Often Overlooked in a Vehicle Safety Inspection

Often times small things are overlooked that are potentially the most important aspects of a vehicle inspection. It is important to check to make sure that your headlights are shinning bright as possible and illuminating the road.  Headlights alert other drivers so they can see you. You should pay close attention to your antifreeze and oil levels. Check for holes and faulty filters to prevent leaks. Testing your battery is one of the final steps to an inspection. Test your battery and alternator to avoid an unexpected loss of power. This test is simple and can be done with the proper equipment available through your local mechanic. Early spring is a good time to check the AC components in your vehicle. Doing this before summer arrives allows you to get in your car and escape the brutal heat of summer. The salt used on the roads during icy conditions can eat away and corrode the metal of your vehicle. A thorough cleaning at a car wash should be done to prevent any damage to the frame of your car.

A Spring Vehicle Safety Inspection Must

After a thorough spring safety inspection, do not forget to check your backseat. Every vehicle should always contain an emergency kit regardless of the season it is outside.  A safety kit should include a flashlight, batteries, blankets, non-perishable snacks and drinking water. With your inspection done and an emergency kit in place, both you and your car should be ready for the spring weather ahead.