We often associate February with love, hearts, flowers, and Cupid. February 14th is a day to celebrate our loved ones and show how much we care. So, for Valentine’s Day this year, show your car just how much you love it too.

Although the daily commute to work or school has changed over the past year, you still rely on your car more than you realize. These tips will help you show some love to your car, not just in February, but also all year long.

Sparkle, Shine & Sanitize

Give your car a good clean to remove the build-up of dust, dirt, and grime. Many auto clubs recommend washing your car once a week. Don't forget to disinfect all the high-touch surfaces, including the obvious ones like the steering wheel and center touchscreen. Steering wheels have four times as many germs than a public toilet seat. They should be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe or spray daily. Not only does washing your car improve its appearance, but it also feels like it runs better when it has had a proper vacuum, wash and polish. There is nothing like a good clean to show your car that you care.

Perform Proper Maintenance

Schedule regular service appointments and do not ignore your dashboard warning lights. Your mechanic will check to ensure that your car is running properly. Regular maintenance generally includes changing the oil and topping off the car’s fluids.

Check Your Tires

Check your tire tread, pressure & wheel alignment. As the tread wears down, it can become difficult for your car’s tires to maintain traction with the road so check your tire’s tread. You can do this with a simple penny test. Place a penny in the tire’s tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it is time to replace them. Check to ensure that your tires are filled to the amount specified in the car’s owner’s manual and be aware of cracks and bulges, which are obvious signs that your car needs a new set of tires.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Replacing old and worn out windshield wipers is one of the easiest and least expensive ways you can show your car love. Over time, the wipers wear down due to use and weather conditions. If the rubber blade is not one smooth piece, it is time for new wiper blades.

Restore The Headlights

Damage to your headlights is a clear indication that they need to be restored. Rocks, road debris, and minor accidents can damage your headlights and therefore your safety when driving. Cracks, scratches and dirt build up will only get worse with time. Headlight restoration can prevent moisture and debris from getting inside the headlight, which could prevent you from needing an entire new headlight.

Practice Good Driving Habits

Keep the phone away

Stick to the speed limit

Safe following distance

Turn headlights on when necessary

Don't drink and drive

Be alert and aware

Happy Valentine's Day.