How To Get Your Car Ready For The Summer Driving Season

 

Summer is officially in full swing across Cincinnati, Ohio. Warm temperatures means more time at the beach, the pool or wherever else you can stay cool. It also means that you have to take precautions now to ensure that your car will be able to survive the abuse that the summer months can throw at it. What are some things that you can do to ensure that your car looks and runs its best during the scorching months of July and August?

Get Your Car To A Shady Spot

Homeowners who are not driving their car should keep it in a garage to avoid the intense light and heat being given off by the sun. If you have to keep your car on the street or in an outdoor parking lot during the day, look for a shady spot under a tree or by an overhang of any sort. When temperatures get above 90 degrees, the exterior paint can fade and chip. This can lead to rust and other issues during the fall and winter months.

Get The Air Conditioning System Checked Out

Conditions inside an automobile can become dangerous if you don't have a proper cooling system. Drivers who have children or pets in the car should be aware that temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees or more inside of an car with its windows shut. Therefore, make it a point to have the air conditioning system in your car charged if it is not cooling like it should. If you don't have air conditioning, you should have the windows open at the very least. 

Take The Winter Tires Off

Winter tires are great at getting traction on icy and slick winter roads. During the summer months, you should not be using them because you can lower your car's gas mileage. If you don't want to change tires every few months, you should look into buying quality all-season tires that can handle the roads regardless of what time of year it is. Drivers should keep a tire gauge to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Tires that are not properly inflated can create a driving hazard at all times of the year.

Get The Brakes Checked

Summertime doesn't mean that poor road conditions here in Cincinnati, Ohio are not coming your way. Heavy rain can create flash floods that lead to issues with hydroplaning. A good set of brakes will reduce your stopping time when conditions deteriorate. It may be a good idea to hold off on your annual car inspection until the summer to ensure that your brakes get checked before the summer weather arrives.

The summer months are a great time to take a trip to the beach or a tourist spot in another state like Florida. However, you have to make sure that your car is ready to handle the abuse that it is sure to endure. Cincinnati Subaru Drivers should have their car kept in a cool spot at all times and have a mechanic inspect the tires and brakes before you go on your big summer trip. If you need any work done, we have trained professionals who can do the job right the first time. 

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