Winter might be over, but that doesn’t mean its effects are. Your car is probably still be littered with salt, stains, and odors from months of chilly, wet weather. These handy tips for spring-cleaning your car will help ensure that your family vehicle is just as fresh as the spring air.
Get Rid of the Junk
The first step is the simplest: toss all the junk from your car. That means wrappers, cups, lids, papers, and anything else that belongs in the trash and not your vehicle.
The last few months of sloppy, muddy weather have probably done a number on your upholstery. Once your car is clear of junk and the seats are fully exposed, vacuum thoroughly and then use a microfiber cloth to wipe as much as you can. Stains or hardened gunk might require brushing; for leather seats, use a protective cleaning solution.
Wash Your Exterior
Once the seats are clean, the next step is to wash your car’s exterior to rid it of the grime, salt, and debris that have built up all winter. Not only will doing so make your ride look shiny and new, but it will also help prevent rust and damage to your exterior.
While it is never a good idea to use your smartphone while you are driving, there are a handful of smartphone apps that can greatly improve your driving experience. Here are a few:
Ever fill up at a gas station and head down the road to see another gas station offering considerably cheaper gas? Say goodbye to that horrifying experience with Gasbuddy, an app that will easily help you find the cheapest gas in your area.
There are a lot of music streaming apps out there, such as Pandora and Google Play, but Spotify is one of the best. The free version permits shuffled streaming, while the Premium version costs $10 a month and allows you stream pretty much any music you want.
Does your neighbor speed by your house often in his loud sports car? Why not get some revenge (in a fun, safe way)? The XLR8 app connects to your car stereo and uses the accelerometer of your vehicle. As you accelerate, you’ll hear engine sounds from your favorite sports car.
Waze is a “community-based traffic and navigation app.” Users log the site of traffic jams, allowing other users to avoid them. Users also constantly update maps, meaning that Waze offers the most up-to-date navigation.
Summer is here and these awesome smartphone driving apps can really enhance your road trip! Tell us about some of the best apps you’ve used to help your driving here at Bradshaw Automotive!