Summer is here, and that often means more road trips to the beach. Before you head out, make sure your car is ready for the long haul. Maintenance is crucial if you want to avoid some of the typical car trouble that can happen during the hot weather. Neglect can lead to some of the following issues.
- Overheating. If you forget to replace the coolant in your vehicle, it can cause your car to overheat, especially when the temperature rises. Always use 50/50 coolant and water. Have your mechanic check your fluids and top off before you get on the road.
- Dead battery. The summer is harder on your battery than the winter. The heat and humidity can take a toll on battery life and effectiveness. Knowing the age of your battery is one way to prevent this issue. Most batteries need to be replaced every three to five years. If your battery is getting up there, replace it before you have problems.
- Failing Air Conditioner. Losing the A/C when you're on a road trip is the last thing you want to happen. Pay attention to the airflow and take note of any sounds or smells you notice coming from the vents. Visit a mechanic to have your system checked before the weather gets too hot.
- Low tire pressure. The heat can affect your tire pressure. The next time you are filling up your gas tank, check the air pressure in your tires. While you're at it, check your tire tread. You may need to have your tires rotated or replaced if the tread is worn.
- Running out of gas. It seems obvious, but sometimes taking a long road trip means long stretches of highway with fewer gas stations. Don't chance it; Fill up and monitor your gas level throughout your drive.
Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the open road. Take care of your vehicle with regular maintenance and your vehicle will take care of you.