Welcome the Warmth with These Automotive Spring Cleaning Tips

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The weather is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, and spring is finally here. If you’re wondering about the best ways to get your car ready for the new season, consider these automotive spring cleaning tips.

Give it a scrub. Winter’s onslaught of road salt, ice, and snow can cause a lot of damage to your car’s exterior. Begin your spring cleaning with an exterior scrub, using warm water and soap to get all excess grime off your vehicle. Remember to clean your car’s undercarriage and wash your tires with tire-cleaning spray and a firm brush. Finally, dry the vehicle with a clean microfiber towel so you don’t leave any streaks behind.

Clean the interior. Trash can accumulate during the winter months, which can you’re your car an untidy feel. Clean out this trash and put it in the garbage where it belongs — and make sure you give your interior a good vacuum, too.

Remember your floor mats. From dried mud to crusty road salt, your floor mats can collect a lot of dirt during the winter. That’s why you need to pay special attention to them during your spring cleaning. If you have carpet mats, use a carpet cleaner to get them looking like new. Rubber mats can be wiped down with some warm soapy water.

Following these tips will help get your car in great shape for spring. You might also want to consider catching up on recommended maintenance — something we can help you out with here at Downtown Hyundai.

Make Safety a Priority on Your Road Trip This Summer

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School’s out for summer, which makes it the perfect time to gather the kids into your Hyundai and hit the open road. To ensure your road trip is a safe one, we’ve put together some summer road trip safety tips you should keep in mind.

Prepare for bad weather. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there won’t be inclement weather. Understand how you should drive when a summer rain storm hits, lengthening the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to ensure plenty of room to brake.

Watch out for wildlife. Animals tend to be more active during the summer. Because of this, you should keep an eye out, especially at dawn and dusk. Look on either sides of the road as you’re driving and pay attention to the road reflectors — if they’re flickering in the dark, that typically means an animal is walking in front of them.

Stay alert no matter the terrain. Canada is known for offering a wide range of terrain, from mountains to prairies. Take steps to stay alert no matter where you’re driving. Prepare to stave off boredom with podcasts, audio books, great tunes, or some fun games you can play with your passengers. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks to fight fatigue.

Prepare Your Car with Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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Winter weather in Toronto is no joke. With snow and ice and sleet and rain, the harsh conditions can really do a number on your car. That’s why servicing your car in the spring is so important. To make sure your vehicle is still running in tiptop shape as warmer weather arrives, here are some spring car maintenance tips you can follow.

Give your car a thorough cleaning. Many people focus on deep cleaning their houses in the spring, so why not do the same for your vehicle? Inside, make sure you get rid of any clutter that might have accumulated over the winter months and give your upholstery a good wipedown and vacuum. Wash the outside of your vehicle, too — and don’t forget the undercarriage. It has seen a lot of grit throughout the winter!

Don’t forget about routine maintenance. Routine car maintenance is important no matter the season. Make sure you bring your vehicle in to Downtown Hyundai for its regular oil change, tire rotation, and check-up. This will help catch any issues that might have cropped up during the winter.

Take care of your tires. If you have had winter tires on to deal with the colder weather conditions, now is the time to change them out for your warm-weather tires. When you do so, make sure you check your tires’ pressure and tread to ensure they’re able to overcome the rain that spring brings.