The heat that comes with summer can be hard on your car. While summer heat can increase the risk of cars overheating, it can also change the way your vehicle handles and performs.
Minimize the chances of a breakdown – or an equipment malfunction that could cause a crash – by taking these key steps to prepare your vehicle for summer driving conditions:
- Wash & wax your vehicle – Remove any dirt and/or salt that may have accumulated on your car with a thorough wash and wax.
- Check the radiator – Look at the hoses, checking for any cracks or leaks and replacing damaged hoses if needed. Also, tighten all connection caps, and check the coolant reservoir, filling it if needed.
- Check the A/C – Run the A/C, checking its belts for damage and replacing those if needed. Replace the cabin’s A/C filter. If the A/C emits any odd odors when you first run it, take it to a technician for further inspection and maintenance.
- Check the tires – Look at both the tire tread and tire pressure. If the tread is worn down, rotate or replace your tires. Add air to tires if needed, and plan to check tire pressure at least once per month during the summer season. And don’t forget to check your spare, replacing it if needed.
- Check the brakes – Check the brake pads for wear, and when driving, listen for any squeaking or grinding noises that may arise when stepping on the brakes. Replace your brake pads if they are worn down and/or making noises when decelerating or stopping your vehicle.
- Change the oil – If it has been about 3 months (or 3,000 miles) since you have changed your vehicle’s oil, change it for summer driving. It’s generally recommended that vehicle owners opt for a thicker grade of oil in the summer, as the summer heat tends to have a thinning effect on the oil (making it less viscous).
- Prepare a summer emergency car kit – Include items that can keep you safe and potentially help you get your car up and running again if you experience a summertime breakdown. Items to put in this kit include water and snacks, sunscreen and a hat, a first aid kit, a cellphone charger, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge and tow straps.
While these steps can be extremely helpful to preparing your vehicle for safe summertime driving, of course, accidents can still occur – especially when other motorists are negligent or reckless on the roads.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle crash, contact the experienced Denver car accident attorneys at Bell & Pollock to discuss your individual legal game plan for handling your case.