Now that COVID restrictions are being removed, lots of people are looking to hit the road again. Want to make your summer driving experience hassle free? Here are some suggestions:
Get a vehicle inspection done.
There isn’t one part of the vehicle that is not equally important for summer time as in other seasons. Brakes, battery, engine, cooling system, all ride control components etc. need to be operating as designed.
The best way to maximize your chances of your vehicle making your summer trips hassle free is to do a vehicle inspection ahead of time. We recommend at least two weeks in advance of your trip in case you find some unexpected repairs that need to be performed.
Pay attention to your vehicle’s Air Conditioning
Beat the heat by ensuring your vehicle’s Air Conditioning (A/C) system is working at peak efficiency, especially if you have black leather seats! While A/C systems are built to not leak, they aren’t leak-proof. Here are some of the warning signs of trouble:
- The system isn’t cooling to the desired temperatures
- The system makes loud or unusual noises when turned on
- There are unusual odours coming from the vents
- Water appears on the floor mats
- The vehicle overheats, stalls or idles roughly when the system is turned on
- The blower doesn’t work when the a/c is turned on
- The defroster doesn’t work.
If you encounter any of these symptoms bring your vehicle in for an a/c system inspection and analysis.
Complete deferred maintenance items
Be sure to take care of general maintenance items for carefree summer motoring. An example would be the Cabin Filter. Do you really want to have smelly or no air coming from your vents on a long road trip? Just change it before it causes more potential problems. If your oil is due for a change, then getting it done before hitting the road is also highly recommended.
Check on the items you have in your car for convenience, safety and emergencies in the summer
Summer means time to make some changes. Bust out the t-shirts and shorts and enjoy the sun. You should also do a check of what you bring along with you in the car – no need for that snowbrush! Here are the essentials you should keep inside your car during the hot summer months.
- Phone Charger
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- Emergency Money
- Multi-tool Device / Swiss Army Knife
- Tow Rope
You may never have an emergency, but in the event that something happens, you will be prepared.