Winter can create wear and tear on a vehicle that can lead to potential damage that can often go unnoticed. Now is the best time for fleet drivers to prepare their vehicles for spring. Here are some vehicle maintenance tips:
Change winter tires
Switch out winter tires since they compromise traction on dry and wet roads. After switching, wash your winter tires to remove leftover salt stains, then store them in a cool, dry place, so they will be ready for use next winter.
If your vehicle has all-season tires, make sure you check their pressure and tread because they might need to be aligned or replaced if there’s uneven wear.
Do some spring cleaning
Spring vehicle care is not complete without some thorough cleaning. Give your vehicle a good post-winter clean, both on the outside and inside.
Check your vehicle’s undercarriage
Salt and sand can cause corrosion, so be sure toclean your vehicle's undercarriage.
Check up on your brakes
Check the status of your brakes to make sure salt has not caused corrosion.
Inspect your windshield wipers and lighting
Snow and ice can take a toll on your wiper blades. Make sure they’re ready for spring and check for tears or cracks. If your wiper blades are worn out, or if they make that high-pitched squeaking noise as they streak across your windshield, it’s time to replace them.
Also, check your vehicle’s exterior and interior lighting to ensure they are in good working order for safe driving practices.
Check your vehicle’s battery
Make sure your vehicle’s battery is still running strongly. Batteries are especially susceptible in coldweather. A harsh winter climate can lead to faster deterioration that may require a replacement battery for the new season.
Change your oil and oil filter
Regular oil changes and oil filter checks can make all the difference in making sure your car has a long, healthy life.
With these tips, you can ensure your fleet vehicle is ready for the season.