car driving in summerHot times in the summer are here, and it’s that time to start your road trip vacations. As you’re packing your sunblock and beach towels, here are a few things to add to your checklist. Even if you’re not planning a summer road trip, these are great things to adhere to for your daily car trips.  Here are some great tips to prepare, so you don’t find yourself sweating on the side of the road.

Keep it cool. This one is easy enough. Turn your air conditioner on and make sure it’s running cold. If it feels a bit stifled, you may need to add refrigerant or change your air filters. If this doesn’t solve the issue, take your car into the shop and get it cool as school for those melting hot days.

Don’t get worn out. Big temperature swings can cause your tire’s air pressure to fluctuate. Check your tire pressure, and make sure it is at the proper PSI. Information for your car’s PSI is on a sticker the inside of the driver’s side door jamb or in your driver’s manual. If the pressure is off, it can cause your tires to wear out unevenly. While you’re at it, check for any sidewall bulges, cuts, or gouges before going on your road trip.

Hit the brakes. Now that you’re shaking out the cobwebs of winter, give your car some love too. And make sure the brakes are in working order. If you feel vibrations or hear grinding sounds when you hit the brakes, then take your car into an auto repair shop to have them check the brake system and make any needed repairs. 

Keep your battery charged. Check your car battery’s connections to make sure they are secure. Have a professional at the auto repair shop test your battery’s capacity. Summer heat can take a toll on your battery, so best to see that it’s in working order before it hits.

Maintain the radiator. Make sure your radiator has enough coolant. You’ll know it’s too low if your temperature gauge on your dashboard is running hot. Or you could have a leak. If you’re having a problem with temperature and more coolant doesn’t do the trick, give your repair shop a call.

See clearly. It’s a great time to do some windshield wiper maintenance. Check the blades for any wear or damage and replace if needed, make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid, and make sure the nozzles are clean and functioning well. 

Restock the emergency kit. Just like Spring cleaning, it’s a great idea to shake off the dust on the ole emergency kit. Replenish anything that is missing and add new items you may need. Make sure it contains basic tools like screwdrivers and wrenches, flashlights with charged batteries, a spare phone charger, water, non-perishable snacks, first aid items, and flares. 

So before the heat wave hits, check out these items on the list to keep you cool and moving this summer. If you find yourself in need of services give us a call at Oakdale Collision Center.