Automotive Tips for Summer
Five tips from the Roseville Automotive team to keep your vehicle in top shape this summer.
It’s important to pay regular attention to your car, especially during the hot summer months. With a likely increased mileage combined with scorching temperatures, you might just find yourself by the roadside awaiting help.
However, there are precautions you can take early, taking care of your car, your passengers, and ensuring you get from point A to point B on time, every time.
This article will provide five automotive tips for summer, beginning with your tires.
1. Make sure your tires are properly inflated
When your tires are under-inflated, this can cause a blowout. This is especially true when the road temperatures are higher, so keep those four wheels inflated year-round.
We recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month, adding pressure if required. Many road users find themselves clocking increased mileage during the summer months, so bear this in mind – the more miles you do, the more often you should check your tires pressure.
However, it’s not just about all four wheels, ensure the spare is up to par as well. That way, in case one tire does blow out you have a backup.
2. Ensure all fluids are running smoothly
During hot temperatures, both your engine and your car are likely to go through larger amounts of fluids much quicker. This is to keep the car cool and running in hot temperatures. If these fluids are low, the engine (or other components) may become too hot and cause the car to overheat.
Therefore, it’s important to regularly check all motor fluids. These include motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. We recommend checking these at least once every two weeks, a quick open of the bonnet will do the trick – letting you know if you’re running low and need to begin replacements.
3. Remain comfortable at the wheel
With an increase in heat, it’s common for drivers to become irritable while at the wheel. If possible, turn on the air conditioning, open the windows, and get some fresh air. Driving long hours, especially during summer can cause fatigue.
This fatigue increases the likelihood of a crash, so keep your eyes open, crank the AC up, and take regular breaks from driving.
4. Be prepared for a breakdown…
There’s only so much we can do to prepare sometimes. So, in the event of a breakdown, it’s best to be prepared.
We recommend packing an emergency kit in your car during the summer, if not year-round. Some basic tools, food, water, and a first aid kit can go a long way. Also, ensure you have any documents for the AA or other road breakdown service.
During the hot summer months, many of us are logging more miles than ever. This, combined with the scorching sun can take a toll on our vehicles. Therefore, it’s important to prepare best as possible or at very least prepare for the worst-case scenario… a breakdown where you stick in the middle of nowhere.