While you should keep up with car maintenance all year, the hot summer months require extra attention. According to AAA, high temperatures and humidity at the peak of summer increase vehicle breakdowns by 50%. So whether you need your car for your daily commutes or a big road trip, you must keep your car running and in good shape. Here are some things you can do to beat the heat and stay on the go.
Keep Your Car Cool
To keep your vehicle’s A/C in perfect condition, monitor the belts for cracks. Your belt may need replacing if you see any worn-out sections. Also, your brakes need extra attention because the hot weather can heat your braking system and cause your brake pads to wear more quickly. The hot temperatures can also tire your battery. Regularly test your battery to assess the condition and determine if it is time for a replacement.
Assess Your Windshield
Your wiper blades take the wear and tear every time you use them. Check your edges and replace them when you need to. You will need this for long road trips where dirt and grime build up quickly. Weather can drastically change from city to city, so keep your visibility high for your travels.
Check Your Fluids
Heat breaks down fluids over time, so you should check your vehicle fluid levels regularly. You can do other things to monitor these fluids’ conditions. Keep an eye on your engine because your antifreeze and coolant levels could change over time. Your engine oil may need to be changed to heavy-duty motor oil for severe weather. Drivers with cars that tow often need to monitor their transmission fluid, especially for any burning smells or dirty colors. Check your owner’s manual for any severe driving conditions and precautions you should take.
Create a Plan for the Worst
While these are great ways to prevent collisions, it is also wise to prepare for the worst. Stow a first aid kit, water, nonperishable food, a blanket, phone chargers, and an emergency plan. Many don’t know everything they need to do for an accident. Check out our guide to figuring out what you need to do if you find yourself in the event of an accident. Have an idea of which collision centers will be available on your road trip. Performance Collision Centers has several locations along the east coast and even works directly with your insurance company. Try our free estimate tool to get you back on the road fast!