How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which likely means that your car is due for its seasonal check-up. Because hot Houston summer temperatures can be hard on a vehicle, car owners should be sure to take a few precautionary measures prior to driving in hot weather.

Whether they choose to do it themselves or take their vehicle into their local auto repair shop, car owners should be sure to do the following to prevent summer wear and tear:

Check All Fluids

The top reason for car break downs during the summer months is to due overheating. Prior to driving in high summer heat, have your car’s antifreeze and transmission fluids checked at your Houston auto repair shop. Also make sure to keep these fluids at proper levels throughout summer to ensure that your engine is remaining cool during hot weather.

Tint Your Windows

Having the hot summer sun pour into your windows is not only uncomfortable, but it is also costly. The sun rays can quickly heat up your car which only causes your air conditioner to work harder, and burn up more gas. Consider having your windows slightly tinted to prevent additional strain on your AC unit as it will keep your car’s interior cooler and will help you use less gas.

Properly Air Your Tires

Hot weather will affect the air pressure within your car’s tires so it is important to make sure that they are properly aired. Having them properly aired will not only ensure that you get the best gas mileage, but it will also prevent you from experiencing any flats, and the last thing you will want to have to do is change a tire in high heat and humidity. If your tires haven’t been rotated in awhile, it is also a good idea to have this done as well as it will also help with gas mileage and help elongate the life of your tires.

Check the Battery

High temperatures cause your car’s battery to work harder. If it becomes too hot outside, which it isn’t uncommon for temperatures around Houston to reach the high 90s, your car may have difficultly starting or may not start at all. Before summer temperatures get here, have your battery checked. If the battery is weak, have it replaced to avoid being stranded in extreme heat.

Pack an Emergency Bag

Although Houston doesn’t generally have to worry about harsh winter weather, many other states do. In these states, during the cold winter months drivers usually create emergency bags containing blankets and additional car parts such as batteries in the case that they get stranded. Houston residents should also create emergency bags, but instead of packing winter items they should pack for summer and consider including items such as coolant, oil, water, and an additional battery.

 

Published on May 20, 2011 in Misc

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