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Keep your baby young and fresh with these tips during National Car Care Month

Couple driving vintage Model-T Ford in a parade.

In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips!

National Car Care Month reminds you to take care of any issues that may have occurred or been ignored during winter.  Spring driving brings its own hazards such as slick, wet roads. It is important to make sure your tires, brakes and windshield wiper are ready for the rain.

The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists follow three simple steps during National Car Care Month in April.

  • Keep your vehicle clean. Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. In parts of the country where salt is used on the roads, regularly washing is especially important.
  • Keep your car on schedule. Every vehicle has a manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule. Whether you choose to do your own maintenance or patronize a local repair shop, following a routine service schedule is essential to keeping your car in safe and dependable working order.
  • Keep an eye on the little things. Your windshield wipers aren't cleaning as well as they should? Your gas tank is missing its cap? There's a warning light on your dashboard?  When you see your car needs attention, don't delay. Repairing small things now can help avoid more costly problems down the road, and add years of useful vehicle life.

The Car Care Council offers many free tools to help consumers drive smart, save money and be car care aware, including the popular 60-page Car Care Guide and a custom service schedule and email reminder service.

“Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs to make sure it is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “Following a routine maintenance program, can help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

The Library offers an exclusive online resource -- Auto Repair Reference Center -- that guides you to care and repair tips, as well as troubleshooting for your vehicle.

From the Jasper County Public Library website, Just touch Research, then Databases, then Reference to find our link, where you can enter your automobile's year, make and model and get how-to help, recall information and more.

You might also be interested in our link for Consumer Reports Online, which is free to our patrons if you go through our reference page.

Want some printed materials? Check out one of our Chilton manual series or the following books:

Clueless about cars : an easy guide to car maintenance and repair by Lisa Christensen.

The Everything car care book : how to maintain your car and keep it running smoothly by Mike Florence and Rob Blumer.

Disclaimer: We’re not saying you’ll be able to keep your car as long as the one pictured above, but....Taking care of your car will definitely keep it safer and help it last longer!