Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to renew your commitment to exhilarating times on the road. But first, your truck, Jeep or SUV need a little TLC after winter and spring. So, get out your garbage bags and cleaning supplies and follow these seven tips to get your vehicle ready for your roadtrip!
Grab a bag or trash can and toss out all of the food wrappers, junk mail and half-filled water bottles that have collected on the floor and under the seats. You might consider keeping a small bag or trash can in the car to avoid this in the future.
While you’re at it, empty out your back seats, seatbacks and glove compartment. Sort, clean and repack gym clothes, sports equipment, or other various items stored in your vehicle.
Use a gentle, fine-bristled brush to get any dust, dirt and debris out of the crevices, ventilation areas, buttons and seat cushions. Next, take a stiff brush to mats and carpet to loosen the dirt. Now you’re ready to vacuum away the winter grime. You should also clean or power wash your floor mats, and don’t forget to push the seats forward and back to get to those hard-to-reach places.
Clean the interior
Make your vehicle shine again and restore window clarity with a specialized automotive glass cleaner. Use a soft cloth to tackle the steering wheel, dashboard, door interiors, cup holders and air vents.
This is also good time to organize the small necessities you keep in your car, putting gum, sunglasses, garage clickers and other items in their respective storage places to create order—while making them easier to find.
You aren’t the only one who needs daily hydration. Be sure to check the levels of all your vehicle’s vital fluids, including motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Need an oil change? Go to your nearest Power Trucks USA.
If you’re looking for a little curbside appeal, wash your tires using non-acid products to get them clean without damaging the tires with harsh chemicals. A stiff brush can help remove any tough grime that has worked its way into your tires, and something small, like a toothbrush, can be useful for reaching the smaller areas in your tire.
After a long winter of harsh driving conditions, be sure to check the pressure of each tire to ensure they’re at optimal levels.
Now the fun part. Take your ride in for a thorough wash that includes the undercarriage to remove all the winter dirt and salt that has accumulated over the winter.
If you’re hand-washing the car, be sure to clean the windows last using an ammonia-free cleaner. To avoid leaving towel marks, streaks or spots, use a microfiber cloth and don’t forget to roll down the windows to remove any grime and oil that has collected along the tops of the window.
Finally, you should replace the cabin air filter and add your favorite air freshener or aromatherapy dispenser to keep your car smelling clean and fresh all summer.
Now that your ride is fresh and squeaky-clean, you’ll feel like a million bucks as you head out on your next road adventure.
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