According to Benjamin Franklin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Although he used this quote to address fire safety, the same principle can also be applied to your vehicles.

With the ice, snow, high humidity and road salts, there is no doubt that winter can take a toll on your vehicle. We know that many of you are busy with spring cleaning and other home maintenance tasks right now, but it is important now more than ever to have your cars checked and serviced. This is especially important if you are planning to go on a road trip this summer.

give your car a spring tune up

Preventive maintenance is the key to your family’s safety on the road. Here’s what you need to do to keep your car in top shape, not only this season, but all year round.

Wiper

We all know that rain showers are common in spring. Visibility is crucial when driving since 90% of your driving decisions are based on what to see. Not only is it frustrating to drive on a rainy afternoon with worn wipers, it is also extremely dangerous.

During the winter months, your wiper has worked continuously to give you a clear view of the road. This spring, it is important to ensure that the wiper blades are in full contact with the windshield. Changing your wipers will not only improve visibility; it also reduces the risk of vehicular accidents. Don’t wait for the rainy season to come before changing your wipers.

Check the fluids

We all know that cars are in need of gas to keep it running. Aside from gas, your car also requires other types of fluid such as coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and oil to keep it running at top performance. Over time, these fluids become dirty. Checking the quality of the fluid is important. If you notice sludge and dark fluids in your transmission, this is a clear sign that your car needs a transmission flush.

Brakes

Brake failure can lead to accidents. Before you hit the road it is worth taking your vehicle for a quick tune up. To ensure that your brakes are in top shape, we highly recommend having your brakes checked by a mechanic. During a tune up, a Gene Auto Repair Shop mechanic will check and examine the brakes, brake pads, rotors, fluid and brake lines.

Visit Gene’s auto repair shop to have your vehicle tuned up this spring.