Clean your car for Valentine’s Day

One of the busiest days of the year.  Valentine’s Day, where restaurants are booked solid, chocolate and greeting cards are being shared, and the roads are busy with couples and families getting to their reservations.  There is nothing worse than showing up to pick up your date with a car that is less appealing than showing up in a cab or having mom drive you around.

Here are 5 tips you can use to make a great first impression:

1. A clean car is a happy car.

It’s a good idea to have your car washed monthly, especially during winter months when ice and snow accumulate under your car which increases the risk of rust.  Washing the outside of your car is a good way to ensure the paint will last and you can show up in style.

2. Clean ALL of your car…

It’s not just the outside of your car that people notice, it’s the inside too!  The last thing you want is to show up with old laundry, yesterday’s lunch wrapper, and who knows what else cooking in the back seat of your car.  If you have kids, you’ll know that they also leave a nice trail of crumbs and spills for you to find.  It is a good idea to keep the inside of your car clean, for the first date, but also for safety.  Loose objects can become projectiles, and in the event, you ever have to brake hard to avoid a crash.  Removing valuables out of site will also deter anyone from breaking into your vehicle and helping themselves to your loose change, iPod, or favourite sunglasses.

3. Tires, Do you have 5?

You read that right, 5 tires.  The 4 tires on your car including your spare tire.  If you are planning any kind of road trip, to a B&B, the cottage, or just a date night, you want to make sure you are prepared.  Making sure the 4 tires on your vehicle are in good condition is only half the battle;  you also want to check your spare tire.  Make sure you check your spare tire regularly for tire pressure and tread depth is a good driving habit to have.  Also check for expiration dates, as most spare tires only have a 10-year lifespan.  Here is a great video for an easy way to check your tire tread.

4. What route to take?

Whether you are going for a long road trip or just to a local restaurant, one thing Young Drivers of Canada always recommends is to Plan Your Route.  Take a quick look at your drive on Google Maps or Waze and check for any traffic jams, collisions or construction that you should avoid.  If it is a long drive, take note of rest stops and gas stations as well.  This will go along way towards saving you time and avoiding being stuck in traffic burning unnecessary gas.  Check out our route planning tips here.

5.  Leave the road rage at home.

You want to avoid having road rage when you’re supposed to be enjoying time with a loved one.  Plan your route so you have plenty of time to get to your destination.  Drive patiently and cooperatively by sharing the road with others.  Have a playlist of your favorite music or let your significant other drive so you enjoy the ride and your date.

Hope this helps everyone have a happy Valentine’s Day.  Enjoy and drive safe!