Keep Your Summer Ride Running Smooth

People aren’t the only ones who get tired in the summer. Summer saps the energy from engines, evaporates essential auto fluids, and increases the likelihood of tire blowouts. If you’re embarking on a summer road trip (or would like to avoid the superheated version of the 2014 Atlanta Snowpocalypse) follow these 4 summer driving safety tips.

  1. automobile tune upKeep your oil clean during the summer months. Clean oil keeps your vehicle in gear year-round, but in the summer months, dirty or clouded oil could cause the engine to overheat. Change your oil every 5,000 miles for a car that purrs in the hot summer sun.
  2. Check your tire pressure. Driving on under-inflated wheels increases the risk of an accident or blowout, and over-inflating your tires increases the risk of hydroplaning during a summer storm. Properly inflated tires increase summer driving safety and improve your fuel economy. While you’re cleaning your hubcaps, check your tire tread. If the tread is too smooth, it may be time to buy new tires. If only the edges of the tires have worn tread, ask your mechanic to rotate your tires.
  3. Restock your emergency car kit. If you run into car trouble on a road trip, you could get dehydrated waiting for a tow truck. Keep your emergency car kit stocked with bottled water, nonperishable foods, emergency flares, chargers for your phone and GPS, and a good book for the boredom.
  4. Think about fuel efficiency. Clean oil and appropriate tire pressure can save you gas. Further extend the life of each tank by cleaning junk out of your trunk and getting your car serviced before major travel away from Woodstock.

Nothing says “smart summer driver” like a clean car. Protect your automobile from bird droppings, pollutants, and fading paint under the summer sun by cleaning your car regularly and waxing it every other month. Check out our menu of services and book an appointment online, or swing by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quality Woodstock quick wash.

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