For some time now your summer car has been stored away. There is no doubt you’re itching to get it back on the road. Check out our quick tips for getting it summer-ready.
If you followed our helpful guide to storing your summer vehicle for winter, you’re already off to a good start! Getting your summer car ready for the road is simple with these four quick tips.
Four Quick Tips: Getting Your Summer Car Ready
#1 Verify insurance
First things first, speak with your insurance broker.
Many people opt to remove a portion of their insurance coverage when they're not driving their car during winter months. For example, they will remove the “driving coverages” i.e. liability and accident benefits but leave the comprehensive benefits that protect from fire, theft, and vandalism. If you have removed any coverages, be sure you speak with your broker to ensure you summer vehicle is properly insured before it hits the road.
#2 Inspect for rodents
If you have stored your vehicle properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about this, however, it’s always important to do an inspection. Be sure you check your car’s engine and surroundings for the presence of rodents or other critters.
# 3 Try this fuel hack
Turning the key one notch will prime your vehicle's fuel system and fill the carburetors up. This will help to get your summer car ready to start.
#4 Complete a basic maintenance review
- Check coolant level
- Change the oil
- Change the oil filter
- Check brake fluid
- Check the power steering fluid
- Check the belt
- Inspect and clean or replace spark plugs
- Check tire pressure
- Wash and apply a fresh coat of wax
In general, if you’re driving in extreme summer heat, there are simple car care tips you need to take into consideration before hitting the road.