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Your vehicle during the Winter would have undergone some serious wear and tear. Companies may have had to pay out for many repairs because of the damage that the terrible weather conditions caused to their fleet vehicles.
However, now as the seasons are changing, there are lots of things you should and shouldn’t do to prepare your vehicle for the Spring time.
It’s time for a little Spring cleaning! This season it’s time to wash your car, and not just the exterior and sides. Make sure you take your car to a proper car wash that will clean the undercarriage of your vehicles too. During the Winter, road salt and other elements from the cold months collect under the car in parts that often drivers can’t see. A good old cleaning will stop rust from building up underneath the car and keep the vehicle healthy through Spring. Check for any more signs of rust in the paint and make sure it’s treated immediately. Lastly, you can finish off with a wax, so your car is ready for the warmer weather.
You should also clean the inside of your car, as the interior may be covered in all the harsh components bought in from the wintery weather conditions, like snow, salt and water that could’ve come from the bottom of your shoes.
Now Winter is over, you can take off those bigger thread seasonal tyres and put on an all-season or summer/spring set that will be more suitable for drier weather conditions. Also, the Winter may have had a damaging effect on your tyres, especially if you had normal thread ones on during the colder months. Double check tyre thread and ensure your tyres and aligned and rotated, to make sure they are the safest they can be on the road.
Your windscreen wipers probably battled through the Winter months, so it’s important to make sure they are working properly ahead of the rainy season. If you don’t think they are wiping efficiently, replace them to ensure good visibility on the road – windscreen wipers are usually swapped out before Spring starts.
You should also check in on your car’s battery as the Winter may have taken its toll on your vehicle. If you think it may be low, go get it checked and replaced – some car repair places may offer a free battery inspection! Inspect your engine’s fluids too and make sure everything is topped up to the line. If you were using Winter oil, now the time is to get your oil changed as it will help your car to perform better and keep your engine in good condition.
Finally, ensure your brakes are working normally. You should check the thickness of the brake pads and the state of the brake discs. You can get the brakes checked professionally to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive as the weather heats up and the roads dry out.
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I’ve been in the fleet management industry for the past 8 years, helping companies to find more efficient ways of managing their fleet of vehicles. I joined Movolytics in 2018 as Director of Business Development, leading and training the sales team.