Spring Maintenance Tips

With the spring season right around the corner, there’s a lot you need to think about, including spring cleaning and car maintenance. Here are some car maintenance tips for spring.

Swap Out Windshield Wipers

Since the spring season can come with a lot of rain, you should swap out your car’s wipers. Wipers can experience a lot of wear in the winter due to ice and snow, so make sure that they’re ready to go for the spring.

Check Tire Pressure

You’ll need your car’s tires to keep you going, so check the pressure of all tires to make sure they’re sitting at the ideal 30 – 32 psi. It’s best to check your owner’s manual for your car’s recommended psi. Properly-inflated tires increase your car’s traction on the road and keep you safe, especially in the rainy season.

Spring Clean

Give your car a spring clean for the season! A car wash and wax can help remove the grime and salt that has collected on your car throughout the winter while a wax can protect the paint. Vacuum out the interior of your car as well to get any salt or dirt that has collected there.

Check The Air Filter

Your car’s air filter is responsible for improving engine performance. If the air filter is clogged, it can cause up to a whopping 10 percent decrease in gas mileage.

To make sure your car is up to the demands of spring, schedule a maintenance check with Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Car

New Years Resolution

Now that 2019 is here, it is time to start thinking about how you want to improve your life. This year, why not focus on resolutions for you and your car? Think about it. Where would you be if you didn’t have your car? Here are four things you can do this year to show appreciation for your trusty vehicle.

  1. Start a car savings account. No one likes paying for car repairs. However, being prepared can make this more bearable. Create a savings account specifically for car-related expenses. You could even use it as a future down payment on a new car.
  2. Keep up with maintenance. While many of us might keep up with oil changes, most of our other vehicle maintenance is forgotten. This year, catch up on all of your car’s recommended maintenance, which you can find listed in your owner’s manual.
  3. Stay focused on the road. If you have a habit of checking your phone while you drive, now is the time to stop. Make a commitment to not look at your phone while on the road. Put it in the glove box so you can’t even see it.
  4. Clean your car. Have a goal to clean your car inside and out once a month. This will help preserve its shine, especially if you add a new layer of wax, too. It will also prevent the interior from getting too messy.

3 Ways to Be More Productive At Home and at Work

Ways to Be More Productive

Staying productive can be a major issue for everyone, no matter your age, lifestyle, or background. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keeping getting things done throughout the day, week, month, and year. We here at Westpointe CDJR have a few ways to be more productive this spring that we’d like to share with you!

  • Shorten Your Emails – Keeping up with an ever-growing inbox of emails can be a hassle and kill any sense of productivity you had. Sometimes responding to everyone can cause major delays, especially if you tend to be fairly long winded. To fix the problem, try to keep all email responses to five sentences or less. Try to make your signature stand out a little as well. Doing so will allow you to get through a massive number of emails and still have time left for other work or activities.
  • Keep ListsKeeping a list of everything you need to do is a classic way of ensuring you stay productive. Add things like visiting people, getting work done, chores, and appointments to ensure you never miss anything important!
  • Don’t Wait to Clean – One of the best ways to get rid of a sense of dread when doing a daily chore is to clean up immediately after completing it. Doing so allows you to start with a clean slate rather than yesterday’s mess.

What to Have in Your Car’s First Aid Kit

Your Car's First Aid Kit

Traveling can be one of the best ways to bond with friends and family but it always pays off to be prepared for anything. Having a fully stocked first aid kit will greatly reduce the chance of delays or problems on the road. We here at Westpointe CDJR know what you need to have in your car’s first aid kit to be prepared for anything that could happen away from home.

Hand Sanitizer

Often left out because of its liquid form, hand sanitizer is essential to any first aid kit. It’s great for cleaning up cups and scrapes as well acting as a quick hand cleaning solution before meals. It never hurts to keep a small bottle stowed in the corner of your kit!

Extra Medication

If you plan on traveling with anyone who’s on daily medication, ask them for spare bottle to keep in your first aid kit for the duration of the trip. Even if they forget it, there’s already some extra packed away in the car.

Bandaging

Gauze pads, adhesive bandages, and adhesive tape are must-have supplies in any first aid kit, let alone the one in your car. Check to ensure that all of your bandaging supplies are stocked up, especially if you plan on hiking, camping, or hitting the trails.