You might be prepared for summer’s hot weather, but what about your car? Make sure your car can keep up with you during the road trips in the holidays by giving it the care it needs.
Tip #1: Check your tyre pressure
Make sure to check your car’s tyre pressure (including the spare!) at least once a month. Tyres not only automatically lose air as time passes, but the summer’s heat can also expand the air in your tyres. Driving on underinflated tyres can cause tyres to overheat and increase the possibility of a blowout, especially when road temperatures are extremely high. On the other hand, overinflating can cause tyres to burst. So, follow the inflation pressure recommendations in your car owner’s manual or on the tyre information label in the glove box or on the driver’s door jamb. For the most accurate reading, check tire pressures when the tyres are cold.
Tip #2: Keep your engine cool
Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. When you visit your car manufacturer, ask them to make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level. You don’t have to be a mechanic to check your coolant, if you do a check yourself. Consult your car owner’s manual for information on how to check your coolant level and make sure that the engine isn’t hot before you remove the radiator cap; boiling coolant under pressure could cause serious burns.
Tip #3: Top off your oil
Make sure that your oil is at its optimal level. Also, if you have a big road trip scheduled, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. Motor oil lubricates the moving parts of your car, while it also cools areas of the engine and provides protection over a wide temperature range. If you’ve got older motor oil in your car, it may not do its job as well as it is supposed to. Consult your car owner’s manual or visit your nearest local car dealership for advice on how to top off your oil.
While these tips will surely help to protect your car against the extreme summer heat, it is, however, important not to forget the more obvious tips to keeping your car cool: Park in the shade and use your air conditioner, sunshade and car cover. Don’t take your car.