Car care tips: Because there’s no easy cure for summer driving blues

Summer is here!

Which means the time is right to take action on all the necessary car care items before heading out for weekends, road trips, vacations or the usual driving around town.

The infographic below takes you places you should go this summer in order to avoid potential trouble with your car, truck or SUV, even if your vehicle seems to be running just fine. If you really want to enjoy your warmer-weather automotive travel, follow some of the suggestions below before hitting the road.

Don’t Suffer Through Summer

Check out these sure-fire ways to ensure your road trip runs smoother.

DON’T SKIP MAINTENANCE

Keeping up with scheduled maintenance helps keep your vehicle running smoothly and provides added peace of mind.

CHECK THAT BATTERY

Summer heat may degrade your battery. Have it evaluated by a trusted mechanic.

KEEPING COOL

Have the air conditioner looked at. Even if it is currently blowing cold, having it checked over can ensure efficiency and avoid issues down the road.

WORN OUT WIPERS

Clean windshields are important for safe driving – especially if you run into bad weather. Check your wipers and top off the windshield washer fluid before hitting the road.

KICKING THE TIRES

Check for excessive wear on your tires and that they are inflated to the recommended pressure. This can also help ensure you get the best possible gas mileage.

PLAN AHEAD

Road trips are all about being spontaneous, but letting others know where you’re going and the route you’ll take is always a good idea.

BELTS, HOSES, FLUIDS – OH MY!

Cracked, glazed, frayed, brittle, bulging – not exactly the words you want to hear. Ensuring belts and hoses are changed and fluids are topped off can prevent a nightmare around the bend.

BE PREPARED

In the unlikely event that you will need a roadside emergency kit, make sure that you have one in your vehicle. And keep it seasonally stocked for unexpected events.

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