Now that the winter months are over, more and more vehicles will be out on the road – from road trips to basic Sunday drives. If you live in the Northeast, Midwest, or anywhere else that experienced a harsh winter, you might have had some form of cabin fever. Now is the time to get out of your home and enjoy the open road once again. However, the open road does have some potential threats to your car that could depreciate it or worse.
In addition to that, spring is often a time when individuals choose to make the decision to buy a new or used car. You want to ensure that your investment made will last you a long period of time without heavy repair costs and depreciation. Therefore, here are some things to keep in mind to maintain the integrity of your car – whether you bought it now or ten years ago:
Potholes: One of the ways winter wreaks havoc on the roads is through potholes. Although construction crews will be hard at work repairing these potholes this spring, this will not happen overnight. Keep an eye for potholes, especially at night when they won’t be as visible.
Road Debris: To that end, another potential threat to your car is road debris caused by new construction on the road. Road debris cannot only pop your tire, but it could damage your engine or even cause an accident if you or another driver needs to swerve to avoid it.
Theft: Always remember to keep your car locked when you park it. If you notice any strange persons around your car, actively monitor and report them to the police if necessary. Never leave your keys in the car and, if you have a garage, park it in there. And always remember to leave your car running unattended, even if it’s just for a moment.
Parking Spots: Finally, pay attention to where you park. If you have to park on the street, remember to park as close to the curb as possible to avoid any potential bumps from another car or biker. If you can, park on an off-street with less traffic.
When all else fails, find a parking garage to ensure the safety of your car.
Whether you bought a car through an auto sales dealer or have owned your car for years and just want to hold on to it for a few more years, how you prepare against any roadside threats will make a major difference.