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Saving Your Car from Mother Nature

New PictureSpring is that wonderful time of year when the flowers bloom, the birds return and the pollen count rises. But it’s also that time of year when the clouds can swirl, converge and drop some serious damage on your vehicle.

The most obvious threat is hail. But spring storms can also drop branches, blow debris and cause flash flooding. This all adds up to extra precautions for driving and storing your vehicle.

Plan Ahead

There are some important steps to take when spring rolls around, as the Michigan Department of Transportation would suggest. Check tire tread and air pressure, replace worn wiper blades, top off fluids and make sure your brakes are healthy.  But take another look at some not-so-obvious tips:

  • Check the forecast – Try to stay off the road during severe thunderstorms, and get your car into the garage when hail is predicted.
  • Avoid puddles – If you can’t see the bottom, you can’t know what you’re driving over. There could be a pothole down there ready to throw your car out of alignment.
  • Consider allergies – You might want to change the cabin air filter if you suffer from severe allergies. Being stuffed up, headachy, and miserable in general can affect driving and concentration, not to mention the effects of medication.
  • Slow down – Serious downpours can affect visibility, not to mention road conditions. Don’t go hydroplaning. Take your foot off the gas, be conscientious and share the road.

If Mother Nature gets to your car, call Great Plains Auto Body. 402.334.7100