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Summer Car Care Tips

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Just as in winter, driving in the summer has its own set of potential problems. Summer heat, long road trips, and stop-and-go traffic can be tough on your car or truck.

To help avoid getting into a car accident or getting stranded in the heat, follow these easy summer car care tips.

1. Check your fluids, including oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Coolant (or antifreeze) is especially important to be aware of during the summer months, as overheating is one of the top causes of summer breakdowns. Because many people do more traveling during the summer, it may be necessary to get your oil and filter changed more often. A good rule of thumb is every 3,000 miles. If your fluids aren’t checked and filled regularly, you could end up broken down on the highway in the heat.

2. Check your tire pressure. The heat in the summer causes the air in your tires to expand, so it’s important to make sure your tires are at the correct pressure for your vehicle before setting out on a road trip. Over or under-inflated tires can affect the handling of your vehicle or lead to a flat, so this easy step is definitely worth it!

3. If your air conditioning system seems to be working poorly, have it checked by a professional before taking a summer trip.

4. A failed battery can leave you stranded and even ruin a summer vacation. Have it checked out by a professional before hitting the road!

5. How are your windshield wipers?  Getting caught in a summer storm on the highway when your windshield wipers are falling apart can be extremely dangerous. If they are loose, broken, or worn out, they should be replaced.

6. Have an emergency kit on hand. Even if your vehicle is in great shape, it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. We recommend keeping a spare tire, jumper cables, a flashlight, water, and a first aid kit available.

If you or someone you love have been hurt in a car accident, call, email, or chat live with our car accident lawyer for a free consultation.

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