Summertime is the perfect time to go on road trips, visit family and friends, or just head to the beach or mountains. However, too many people fail to plan ahead and thus neglect their vehicles because they’re in a vacation mindset. There are some steps to make sure your ride remains road-worthy all summer long.
Forgetting to replace the coolant in your car can cause it to overheat, especially when it’s a scorcher outside. Keep your car topped off at all times, checking it more often in the summer.
2. Stay Alert
Everyone else has the same idea as you, which means the roadways are over-crowded. You’ll need to take extra precautions and stay alert. Remember that bright sunlight can lead to low visibility, making collisions a real danger. Drive proactively, and be sure to check your blind spots when changing lanes.
3. Check the AC
A failing air conditioner is certain to put a damper on your summer travel plans. Before you set out, visit your local trusted mechanic to have the fuses and blower motor checked.
4. Check Tire Pressure
Heat affects your tire pressure. Check your tire pressure often and add as needed. At the same time, assess the state of your tires to make sure they aren’t going bald. Check the depth of your tires by wedging a penny in the treads upside down, with Lincoln’s head facing towards you. Can you see his entire head? Now’s the time to replace your tires.
5. Emergency Equipment
You should have an emergency kit in the trunk of their car that includes road flares, a flashlight, candles, non-perishable food and water. Keep your phone charged at all times. It’s always smart to be prepared before you set out on your trip to avoid an emergency that could delay your trip.
6. Hot Interior
No one likes to get into a baking car that burns the thighs. If you can, park in the shade and leave the windows open a crack. Use a sunshade for your windshield. Never leave kids or pets in a hot car unsupervised. If you have a vehicle equipped with remote start, use it so your car will be nice and cool before you get in.
Summer is a great time to enjoy life on the road. Just make sure you pay attention to your vehicle and give it the TLC it deserves.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
Is your car ready for a tune-up or some maintenance? Contact us to make an appointment this summer. We can be reached at 214-666-5291, and are conveniently located at 4829 McKinney Avenue in Dallas.