After what seemed like an endless winter, you may be planning to hit the road for a spring or summer road trip.
Just take this factoid as a warning: AAA roadside service estimates that it helps more than 9 million stranded motorists during a summer.
If, like most Americans, you’re not driving a fresh-from-the-showroom ride – the average age of passenger vehicles in the U.S. is just over 10 years old – it’s time to give your car a little springtime TLC.
“Drivers often overlook their cars when it is spring cleaning time,” says Shawn Hoelzer, master technician for CarMax, the largest U.S. chain of used car dealerships. “Following a few easy steps to spruce up your vehicle helps avoid costly repairs.”
So take your car to a dealership to get checked out – or, better yet, to an independent mechanic you trust. Use this spring maintenance checklist to make sure your car is reliable and running efficiently.
|The above is an excerpt adapted from the article,”Car Care: Spring Maintenance Check List.” For more information, please visit www.cbsnews.com.|