Summer Car Maintenance Best Practices to Keep Your Vehicle Humming Along
The dog days of summer are just around the corner. With the season comes car tripping vacations, weekend road trips and day trips to your favourite outdoors spots. There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful province of ours… and beyond!
With all this time spent on the road, it’s a good idea to get your car in good shape and prepped for any extra miles you’ll put on. The last thing you want is to deal with a breakdown! Here are some best practices for getting your vehicle in tip top shape and ready to handle anything the summer throws your way.
~ As the weather gets hotter, your tires can be affected by the changes in temperature. Check your tire pressure and ensure that your tires are neither under or over filled to avoid blowouts, flats or even a resulting accident from your tires giving out. As we know, accidents raise your car insurance rates!
~ Hot weather puts additional pressure on your engine, so it’s a good idea to do an oil check and change your oil and filter if needed.
~ Check all your important car components, whether you do it yourself or send your vehicle in for a regular tune-up to your mechanic. Fluid levels, hoses and belts and your brakes should all be on your radar.
~ Your air conditioner is your best friend during those long and hot car rides. If you haven’t had your system checked or serviced in a while, it would be a good idea to do so so that you’re not sweating buckets all the way to the cottage. It’s generally recommended to have your system checked every 3 years or so but do have a look at your car owner manual or consult with your mechanic to confirm.
~ Does your summer itinerary involve lots of travel down dirt or gravel roads? You might want to check on your air filter to ensure it’s not dirty or blocked. Your engine will thank you.
Want more tips and suggestions for keeping your car in the best shape possible? Check out www.becaraware.ca for plenty of helpful resources and have a browse through their seasonal car maintenance page for recommendations throughout the year.
Have a fun (and safe) summer everyone from all of us here at Insurance Buddy!
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