With the dog days of summer upon us, beach breezes and air conditioning keep us cool. But what about your car? These hot days can take their toll on a vehicle and could leave you stranded on the road. Here are five tips to help your car keep its cool this summer.
- Air Conditioning – If your car’s air conditioning isn’t as cold as it used to be, it could mean its refrigerant level is low. Take it to a certified technician to check it out.
- Tires – Keeping your tires correctly inflated and rotated not only improves your fuel economy and makes your car easier to control, it can also save them from overheating or blowing out. Be sure to check your tire pressure periodically, just make sure you haven’t driven your car for a while before testing the pressure. Check your owner’s manual or the tire itself for the proper psi (pounds per square inch).
- Battery – Older batteries hate extreme temperatures. Extreme heat can even weaken your car’s battery and shorten its lifespan. Take your car in and get a charging system test before going on any long summer road trips.
- Coolant – Your car needs fresh coolant once in a while. Older coolant can deteriorate over time, becoming acidic. Don’t wait too long to flush your system with new coolant, the acid of older coolant can eat away at your hoses and seals and may cause engine damage.
- Maintenance – People need checkups to stay healthy – and so do cars. Be sure to have the oil changed frequently and have a periodic full mechanical inspection of your car at least once a year.
Just follow these five tips and your summer road trips should go smoothly. Another way to make sure you’re not stranded on the road is with a Credit Union Auto Club membership. Credit Union Auto Club offers emergency roadside assistance, emergency towing up to 10 miles, emergency lockout assistance, flat tire repair, fuel delivery repair and much more – all at significant savings compared to competing auto plans.