Spring Safety Checklist for Your Family Vehicles

Hi All—Rico here!

Spring has arrived! I know you’ve got to be as excited as I am that the sun is back, and we can crawl out of our winter hiding to enjoy the great outdoors!

With the weather being better, it’s easier to hop in your car for a quick (or long) trip to explore.

Taking a little time to make sure your car is ready for that trip can save you headaches and high repair costs in the long run.

Here are some things to check, in order to maintain your car this Spring:

  • Tire pressure. You can use a tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure wherever you are. Keep one handy in your glove box or side panel pocket to check your tires when you add gas at a service station.Research what levels your tires should be at, and ensure they’re within the limits.

  • Tire treads. Your local tire shop can check your tread to ensure it’s within a safe range. You can even find tips online for checking it yourself with a penny if you’re feeling brave! And if you’re feeling brave , here’s a link to do the penny test.

  • Alignment and suspension. Stop by your local tire shop to have your alignment and suspension checked. Lots of shops will check it for a nominal fee.

  • Wiper Blades. Are your wiper blades leaving streaks or not wiping the windshield clean? Pick up a new pair to keep your vision of the road optimal. Takes about 10 minutes to pickup & install in the parking lot of the auto shop store.

  • Windshield. If you have cracks or dings in your windshield, consider having it replaced. There are also options for filling damaged areas without replacing the entire windshield. Some insurances even offer a free replacement!

  • Lights. Have a friend walk around your car with you to make sure all of the lights on your car are in working order.

    If you're local to West Seattle or the surrounding area, Kandie and her crew at Tom's Automotive (2 blocks from us) are happy to replace the wiper blades as well as check your lights and fluids too.

  • Fluids. Check the fluids in your car periodically. Here are some that are easy to check for yourself: engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. If you’re a little hesitant to do it yourself, stop by Tom's Automotive to have them checked!

There are plenty of options when it comes to maintaining your car. These are fast tasks to get through when you set by a minimal amount of time each week to address each one!

In the long-run, it will help to not only keep you safe on the road, but also preserve the value of your car.

Accidents still happen
If you happen to meet someone by accident, definitely bring your vehicle here (or have it towed) and we'll work with your insurance directly to get an estimate and the fixes needed to get you and your vehicle safely back on the road. 

Be careful out there!