Getting a new car is an exciting event for any family. I must admit that I enjoy the smell of a new car's interior; don't you? It's nice to think about all of the fun trips and adventures you'll have on the road. But is your garage ready for a new vehicle? Parking your car in the garage can help to maintain its great condition. Look at some tips on how you can prepare your garage for the new addition to the family. Enjoy!
Making Room for a Car
Imagine pulling your car into the driveway and opening your garage door only to realize that there is not enough space for your vehicle. That would definitely take some of the fun out of bringing your car home. Maybe you have a lot of boxes and other items that are taking up too much floor space. If this is the case, put aside a few days to remove some of those items so you have adequate space for your car. Donating items to Goodwill is a great way to get rid of clothing, appliances, and other items you don't need anymore.
A Place for All of Those Car-Related Items
There are many items that go right along with owning a new car. Bottles of motor oil, cleaning fluid for the windshield, clean cloths, sponges, tire cleaner, and a small portable vacuum cleaner are just a few examples of items that are useful to a car owner. Try putting these and other car-related items into a cabinet or bin in one corner of the garage so they are easily accessible.
Check Above and Below for Potential Hazards
Take a look around your garage to make sure that it's safe for your car. For instance, if you have heavy items stored in a loft above your car, make sure that they are secure. Some people like to store bins in racks attached to the ceiling of the garage. Remove any item that could topple over onto your car. Don't forget to check the floor of your garage. Look for loose nails as well as crumbling areas of concrete. Keeping your garage floor clean and in good condition can help protect your car's tires.
Examine the Garage Door
If you have an automatic garage door, it's a smart idea to test it to make sure it's in good working order. It shouldn't fall to the floor too quickly or get stuck halfway down. A malfunctioning garage door can be hazardous to a new car as well as the people riding inside it. You may even want to change the batteries in your remote so there's little chance of getting stuck outside in the rain. A manual garage door requires the same type of examination. Be sure that it is traveling up and down in a smooth way. Plus, when the door is up, ensure that it is secure in the open position. A door should never look like it is about to slide back down on its own!
Happy driving, and thanks for reading. - Alan