Winter can be a difficult time for our cars. When they aren’t being peppered by gritters, they’re under a constant deluge of rain, sleet and whatever else the moody skies throw at us.
So now the days are longer and temperatures are rising, it’s time to think about giving your car a spring spruce-up.
But where do you start?
Grab a bucket and sponge
Excuse the cliché, but nothing gets rid of muck and grime like a good bit of elbow grease. All kind of nastiness can accumulate on your car over the winter, and if left un-treated can cause damage and rust to your cars bodywork. We’ve been trying out AutoGlym’s shampoo conditioner and have found it quite efficient at removing grime.
Oil and filters
This job is best left to your mechanic. After many miles of driving, an engine can generate a lot of muck and grime, which can both increase emissions, and lowering fuel economy and performance. A regular oil and filter service will transform the way your car drives and keep the vehicle in a tiptop condition.
You can improve your vehicle grip and performance on winter roads by swapping to a pair of winter-specific tyres. However, if you run one pair of tyres all through the year, keeping them maintained is imperative. This will both improve their lifespan and your vehicle’s safety on the road.
Tyres can become dry and cracked in the cold weather, but something like Autoglym’s High Performance Tyre Gel remedies this and helps preserve the tyre’s exterior.
Remember to give the alloys a polish, as they too can pick up plenty of grime over the winter.
Check the air conditioning
This can often be forgotten during a vehicle spring clean, but it is important to check your car’s air conditioning system as the summer months approach. After long periods of little use, it is important to check that the cold air is still blowing strong. If it feels a little lackluster, fear not, as it is not expensive to get fixed, either by a mechanic or using a DIY kit.
A bit of spit and polish
Using a traditional polish on your car can be very time consuming, and requires even more elbow grease than the bucket and sponge. However, polishes that can be applied to wet cars are a speedier alternative, and provide much the same effect. And if you really don’t have the time yourself, then there are numerous services offering a wash and polish for a small fee.