With the middle of summer here, it’s no surprise we’re starting to see some excessive heat temperatures. It also means family road trip time for many people. Before you hit the pavement, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for the high summer temperatures so you can avoid any trouble on the road. Here are a few tips from the AAA on how to do so:
1) Check your Fluids
Before starting the car, and while the the engine is cool, check the oil and coolant levels in the overflow tank.
- -You can add a 50/50 mix of antifreeze/coolant and water to the recommended level marked on the overflow tank.
-When the engine is cold, check the oil level, that’s when you’ll get the most accurate reading on how much coolant, if any, is needed.
2) Check your Tires
Make sure to keep the air pressure level in tires at the manufacturer’s recommended level. Soft tires will generate heat, which can lead to a dangerous blowout. If your tires are running hot, pull off the road and stop. They will cool off quickly.
3) Be Prepared in Case Something Happens
In the unfortunate event that your car breaks down it’s helpful to have extra water, radiator hoses, a fan belt, fuses, oil and a small toolkit available in your car. It’s also a good idea to have your cell phone fully charged or even better bring a car adaptor with you. You should also not leave your phone in the direct sunlight for extended amount of time.
We hope you find this tips useful in your travels this summer! You can find more helpful tips from the AAA Blog