• Last modified 1964 days ago (April 3, 2014)


Getting the convertible ready for spring

Staff writer

The weather is finally getting warmer, and that may have some car enthusiasts ready to get their more “summery” vehicles ready for a cruise after being stored during the winter months.

County lake resident Peggi Wilson said she loves her red convertible Mazda Miata she calls “Mia” because it is not just cute, but it’s also fun to drive.

The car is stored in a garage year round, but when it’s used less in the winter, it’s plugged into a battery tender to keep it charged and ready.

She said she and her husband, Jim, still drive the car in the winter sometimes for a change of pace, but usually with the top up.

“We also have been known to drive it when it’s still pretty chilly, just crank the heat up and all is well,” Wilson said. “Same in the summer, if it’s hotter than hello, we crank the air up.”

She loves the feel of the wind blowing in the convertible. The couple have taken several trips in it including to Kentucky and North Carolina.

“It’s so much more scenic and you get to smell the smells of the great outdoors,” she said.

For those bringing their summer rides, of any kind out of winter storage, recommends:

  • Charging the battery for at least 24 hours.
  • Inspecting the vehicle for any signs of insect or vermin damage.
  • Checking all fluid levels and tire pressure.
  • Checking the brakes and brake lines.
  • Starting the vehicle and let it run for a while, while making sure that all the buttons and pedals are in proper working order.
  • Once driven a short distance re-checking fluids for any possible leaks or line breaks.

Last modified April 3, 2014