(BPT) – Months of rough winter conditions take a toll on your vehicle. With the spring driving season upon us and summer road trips just around the corner, now is the perfect time to “refresh” your car for the months ahead. Luckily, transforming your drive doesn’t have to be a big, expensive undertaking. Here are five easy things you can do today to boost your car’s looks, comfort, and performance ahead of the peak driving season:
1. Clear out your junk.
Don’t forget to spring clean your car. Clearing out the junk that has accumulated over the winter (all that weight adds up!) will lighten your load, which can positively affect your gas mileage, handling and braking distance.
2. Replace old spark plugs and air filters.
Replacing your old spark plugs and air filter can instantly improve engine performance and efficiency. Spark plugs should be replaced every 50,000 miles, whereas filters should be replaced as often as every 15,000-30,000 miles.
3. Change your wiper blades.
Winter driving conditions can wear those wipers out. Don’t stand for a streaky view through your windshield this spring! Replacing your wiper blades takes a matter of seconds and can make a major positive impact on your visibility during those April showers.
4. Upgrade your tires.
Never underestimate the role tires play in performance, handling and safety. Swap worn-out tires for good all-season or performance-boosting tires (be sure to keep them properly inflated!). Driving enthusiasts should check out the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ which delivers true all-season performance and incredible wet and dry braking.
5. Wash the exterior.
Lastly, just as important as transforming your ride is maintaining it! Make sure you give your vehicle’s exterior (and its undercarriage) a thorough wash. All the chemicals and salt from winter can lead to serious damage and rust if left unwashed, negatively affecting the look and value of your car.