In the southeast, we don’t deal much with winter weather, and yet we are still inundated with articles and news stories about preparing your car for winter driving. Ice and snow clearly require that your car’s tires are in tip-top shape, but what about our cars here in Georgia or South Carolina? Do our warm weather cars need special attention, too?
As it turns out, yes—especially as summer arrives and we plan various road trips with our families. Keep reading to learn the key components that need special attention in order to have a safe summer car!
Your Car’s 1-2-3 Safe Summer Checklist
Keeping a car in safe working order is a lot more complex than a simple 1-2-3 rule, but if you regularly maintain your vehicle, getting it into peak condition for summer can be simple.
- Stay Up-to-Date on Routine Maintenance: Basic care like oil changes and scheduled maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your car safe. Not only will technicians go through a specific maintenance checklist, but if anything else needs attention (like your air conditioner, brakes, and other critical systems) you will be informed.
- Get Enough Fluids: Just like you need to hydrate more than usual in the hot summer months, making sure your car has plenty of fluid is very important. Coolant, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluids are critical to the safe operation of your vehicle. Not only do you need to verify that your car has enough fluid, it must be clean and clear of debris.
- Rubber Components Need Extra Attention: Tires, windshield wipers, belts, and hoses—they all have different jobs, but they are all comprised of very similar materials. Rubber tends to disintegrate over time, so these components need extra attention in the hot summer months. Look for cracks, bulges, and other signs of wear, and address these issues before embarking on your journey.
When you’re on your way to the beach, a family reunion, or a barbeque, the last thing you want is to be broken down on the side of the road because of something you could have prevented easily beforehand. Get your car summer-ready, and get ready for a safe summer with attorney Chris Hudson!