Winter in New Jersey can be hard on you, and on your car. Between long, holiday road trips and the commute to and from work, winter has likely taken a toll on your vehicle. Before taking off for a spring break trip in your car, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle isn’t going to break down on the road. Our team at Route 5 Car Wash wants to help you be prepared with these winter maintenance tips.

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

1. Check Your Tires

The most common mistake a car owner makes is overlooking the tires. In fact, Rubber Manufacturers Association found that only one out of ten drivers checks his or her tire pressure properly. Tires that are worn, misaligned, or incorrectly inflated can be extremely hazardous for drivers, especially during the winter. Check your tire pressure, or let a local mechanic do it for you.

2. Change the Oil

If you’re going on vacation for spring break, your car will accumulate a lot of mileage. Since most owners’ manuals recommend that drivers change their oil every 7,500 miles, it’s a good idea to change your oil before you go on an extended road trip.

3. Get a Car Wash

Anyone who’s ever driven a car knows that if you can’t see out of your windshield, you’re putting yourself at risk for an accident. If your windshield has even a thin layer of dust on it, danger could be just around the corner—literally. If the sun hits that thin (or thick) layer of dirt just right and prevents you from seeing something important, it just takes one second for an accident to happen. Therefore, it’s best to keep all windows shiny and clear with regular car washes.

Protect your car and keep it running smoothly all winter long with help from our team at Route 5 Car Wash. Stop by our Palisades Park location today, or contact us at (201) 943-5118 to learn more. Need to get back on the road quickly? We also offer express car washes and unbeatable deals.

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