Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start stocking up on sunscreen and short sleeves to beat the heat! But, don’t forget that your car needs help adjusting to the higher temperatures too. In case you are planning to jump on the first opportunity for a sunny day road trip, here are 5 tips to prepare your car for the warm weather!
Make sure the air conditioning is good to go.
We all know the terrible feeling of getting into a car that has been sitting in the hot sun. That’s why it’s a brilliant idea get your A/C system inspected for damaged and worn out belts before the warm weather hits. I also recommend running your air conditioning for a few minutes to make sure everything is working properly and to clear out any lingering odors from a lack of use during the winter season.
Switch out your old winter tires for summer tires.
While winter tires provide much better traction on snowy and icy roads, switching to summer tires allows for better fuel efficiency, more speed, and improved dry road handling. If you opt for all-weather tires year-round instead, be sure to check your tire pressure on a hot day. Warmer temperatures make the air inside your tire expand, which can lead to uneven wear that can shorten their lifespan. And since tires are expensive, it’s a quick easy way to ensure their longevity, while maximizing the mileage per gallon.
Check under the hood.
The level of liquid in your cooling system should be at least half full, so be sure to add coolant if needed. Don’t forget to also check your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks to avoid overheating. If your car does overheat, pull over and shut off your vehicle immediately. If it is unsafe to immediately pull over, turn your heat on as hot as it will go with the blower fan blasting as much as possible. While it will be temporarily uncomfortable, pulling the hot air off the engine until you can pull over, is well worth it.
Protect the interior.
You need to wear shades during the glaring summer months, and your car could use one too! Investing in a sun shade for your windshield help minimize getting burned by your leather or vinyl interior and also prevent it from drying and cracking.
Clean the exterior.
Harsh winter weather conditions cause dulling salt and dirt to accumulate on your car. So show your car some love and get it cleaned and waxed. You can enjoy the summer months tooling around in a well-maintained and shiny car!