Summer has arrived.
Which means it’s time to take action on all the car care tips 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 and how 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 automobile 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.
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.
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.
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.