Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes more road trips, vacation travels, going to ballgames, spending time at the lake or river, or heading to the beach. But the combination of heat, long trips and heavy loads can place enormous demands on your car. Before you set out on your next adventure, we’d suggest you make sure that your vehicle is prepared for a long, hot road trip.
Here are a few helpful tips that will help your vehicle throughout your make your summertime travels…
1. Inspect your tires: It is important to keep your tires properly inflated to avoid tire blowouts. Check that your tires are inflated to the level recommended in your owner’s manual. The summer heat will increase the tire’s pressure, so test the pressure before driving far. Don’t forget to check your spare as well.
2. Window Tinting/Sunshades: By having your windows tinted or purchasing a windshield sunshade, you can eliminate some of the effects of the sun and heat. A windshield sunshade will prevent the sun from beating on your dashboard and steering wheel and causing them to fade or crack. Also, steering wheels can get extremely hot, causing burns to the touch, or unsafe driving when you can’t grip the wheel.
3. Make a service stop: If you haven’t had your car in for routine maintenance in the last few months, get it into a mechanic shop for a quick tune up. It’s better to catch a problem now than while you’re midway through your road trip.
Follow these few helpful tips for a stress-free driving experience this summer.