With summer just around the corner it’s time to get our vehicles ready for the summer ahead! In Calgary and throughout Alberta, our summers are typically a little delayed and shorter than the rest of Canada. That being said, it is still important to “summarize” your vehicles. There are several ways to get your vehicle ready for summer and out of winter maintenance mode.

1. Change your Tires
Make sure you remove your winter tires and change them to all season tires. With the weather being unpredictable in Calgary it is still a good idea to have all season tires on during spring and summertime months. Alberta can have severe weather changes and it isn’t uncommon for the weather to change quickly.

2. Have your Vehicle Checked by a Mechanic
It is always a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a licensed mechanic to ensure your vehicle is running properly and ready for spring and summer driving. Your local mechanic should do an inspection of your entire vehicle and any fixes required. It’s important to have your vehicle running properly, this way you can avoid any issues with being stuck on the road or avoid causing an accident. Having a mechanic with an up to date pos system, similar to what you can find on websites such as wisesmallbusiness.com, can demonstrate that they are equipped to deal with modern vehicles.

3. Clean your Vehicle
With all the salt applied on the roads during winter months, it’s important to give your car a thorough cleaning to remove salt and debris from winter. Salt can eat away at your vehicle and make it deteriorate quickly and can cause damage. Don’t forget about the interior of your car, salt can easily get inside your vehicle, wash your floor mats and any other surfaces that may have come in contact with salt.

4. Change your Fluids
Not only checking your vehicle fluids but also changing them will help with the maintenance of your vehicle. Typically, when you get your vehicle serviced they should provide a complete change of fluids if required, such as windshield washer fluid, oil, oil filter, transmission fluid to name a few. Check with your vehicle maintenance schedule.

5. Check your Car Insurance Policy!
There are several mechanical items to look at each spring but most people forget to check their insurance policies. It’s always a great idea to check with your insurance broker and have a review of your car insurance policy and make any necessary adjustments to your policy.

If you would like a review of your car insurance policy contact us today, we’d be happy to help!