When it comes to summer driving, we need to take the extreme summer heat into consideration. We’ve outlined simple car care tips that you need to do before hitting the open road.
The heat we experience in the summer can do a number on your car. It can impact your tires, battery, air conditioner and engine, according to AAA. That’s why we’ve outlined four simple car care tips to combat the extreme summer heat.
1 | Check your tires and watch for…
When it comes to the impact the summer heat can have on your car tires, you must monitor your tire pressure and tread. Keeping your tires properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation will help you avoid a blow out while driving. When it comes to tire tread you must ensure they are in good condition. How will you know if they need replacing? Parade Online provides a helpful test you can try, however, we've adapted it to Canadian currency. Take a penny (if you still have one) and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of the Queen’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires.
2 | Check your wiper blades
You may need to replace your windshield wiper blades, as the sun can impact them negatively making them less effective in the rain.
3 | Check your car’s fluids and top them off
If you are planning on driving this summer make sure you’ve checked and topped off ALL the fluids in your car. Not to mention it’s helpful to ensure you’ve completed all your summer car maintenance, including an oil change.
4 | Check to see how your air conditioner is functioning
When it comes to driving in the extreme summer heat, having an air conditioner can be a lifesaver. If you notice that it isn’t maintaining the interior temperature as it was previously, you may have low refrigerant levels.