Summertime calls most of us out on the roads, that’s why you should take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump.
Summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle, but there are a few basic steps you can take to better prepare your car for the driving season — simple measures that can help you keep motoring happily down the road instead of winding up stranded beside it.
1 – Cooling System
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months.
2 – Windshield Wipers
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
3 – Tires
You will get more speed, better handling, and better fuel efficiency if you mount summer tires on your car. In contrast to winter tires, summer tires have a shorter sidewall and a less-aggressive tread.
4 – Oil
Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. The fact is, most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. So at least check your oil before you head out on that road trip with the family.
5 – Towing
Towing a boat, camper, or trailer is common in the summertime. It is a good idea to develop a pre-trip inspection habit. Look over the brakes on your car and trailer. Are all the lights working properly? Carefully go over the hitch to be sure it is secure and has safety chains attached.
6 – Brakes
Don’t put yourself or your family at risk this summer by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes. You can have them checked at any normal service shop or at a brake specialist.