With temperatures creeping up (and maybe over) the triple digit mark, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. This goes for both you and your vehicle. In the summertime, your engine works harder to both keep you comfortable and keep you moving. The last place you want end up on a hot summer day is on the side of the road. Here are some tips to keep you cool this summer.
Coolant helps keep your engine cool even in the hottest temperatures. Make sure your coolant is topped up at each oil change and check your maintenance schedule to learn when it’s time to do a coolant flush.
Your engine and in-cabin air filters make sure that the air that is coming into your car is clean and beneficial for you and your engine. Your filters get checked during your regular scheduled maintenance so you’ll know exactly when it’s time to get them changed.
Make sure your tires are ready to hit the road. Tires with low pressure can lead to dangerous situations. An increase in friction with the road can cause your tires to overheat and burst. Make sure each tire’s cold PSI is at the recommended level found in the inside of your driver’s door.
Tinted windows not only look great, they also help block the sun from heating up your vehicle. If you don’t already have tinted windows, they can be installed at a local tinting company. Make sure you check with local laws to see what restrictions there are for your vehicle.
When you can, park your car in the shade. It may mean a longer walk to the door, but your car will stay cooler longer. If you can’t find the shadiest spot, invest in sun shades to keep the inside cool.
When your car is sitting for long period of time make sure you let it breathe. Crack the windows and/or sunroof so that the hot air won’t build up in the car while it sits. When you get in the car, open the windows and turn the AC on towards the floor to push the hot air up and out.
As you’re out and about this summer, please keep both you and your vehicle cool and hydrated! Have questions? Reach out to your local auto repair shop for the answers.