Top 5 Car Care Tips for Summer Driving

August 6th, 2015 by

Top 5 Car Care Tips for Summer DrivingThe weather is warming up and school is out – summer is finally here! For many New York families, that means it is time to get out and have some fun in the sun on family vacations. From summer camping trips with friends and family to summer road trips, the warmer weather generally means you are going to be putting some miles on your Honda, so it is important that you ensure your car is in peak mechanical condition before you hit the road. Check out our top 5 car care tips for summer driving and you will be armed with the right tools to make your summer vacation a success.

1. Check Your Tires Air, Wear and Spare

When you hit the road to do some summer driving this year, it is important that you double check your tires. Improperly inflated tires can have a negative impact on ride quality, fuel economy, safety and overall performance, so make sure to check your tire pressure. Proper tire pressures for your Honda can be found in the owners manual or on the inside of your door frame. Tire wear can also affect your safety and increase the chances of an accident, so make sure your spare is in tip-top shape. Just remember our three rules for checking your tires – air, wear and spare.

2. Check for Wear on Rubber Engine Components

While you love the summer heat, your engine and vehicle components may not. Rubber components such as hoses, belts and wiper blades can dry out, crack, blister and wear more when subjected to higher temperatures. A bad hose or belt can really put a damper on your summer vacation if they break down, so it is important to check all of these components before your summer adventure. Make sure to take that time to check hose connections as well before you hit the road.

3. Keep Your Car Hydrated for Summer Driving

Being dehydrated in extreme heat is no fun for you and it is no fun for your car either. Keep yourself and your Honda hydrated this summer and enjoy vacation. To keep your vehicle running at peak levels, it is crucial that you check the fluid levels of your vehicle including oil, brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant fluids. It may not be a bad idea to have your oil changed and coolant system flushed before you hit the road this summer, send your car into the Ralph Honda Service Department today and we will take care of it for you.

4. Check Your Lights

Headlights, taillights, turn signals, brake lights and emergency flashers are all important aspects when you talk safety and when you are putting some miles on the tires this summer, it is a good idea that you double check them. All of these elements can burn out without you ever knowing it, so checking them periodically is a good idea, especially before going on a long road trip. It is also important that after you hook up the trailer to check the trailer lights as well.

5. Stay Cool and Check Your AC

Last, but definitely not least, you want to check your air conditioning system. When things heat up this summer you don’t want to be stuck in a car without a working air conditioning system. Those long summer road trips will be even longer when you are sweating in the driver’s seat, so be sure to give your air conditioning a check up.

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