It has been a hot summer this year in Southern California and don't expect it to cool down any time soon. All this extra heat will put some extra strain on your car, especially if you are taking any long road trips. Summertime is always a great time to pack up the family and hit the road.
Before you do, though, consider these helpful summer road trip car care tips from Bill's Quality Auto Care:
1. Check Your Car's Fluids
You can check fluid levels for all your car's different fluids (oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid and even windshield washer fluid). If anything looks low or discolored, stop by Bill's Quality Auto Care to help out.
2. Change the Oil
Before any long trip, it's always a good idea to have an oil change. Even if you are not quite due for your next service, you're better off doing it in advance rather than risk getting stuck somewhere or having to have it done mid-trip.
3. Understand Your Fuel Economy
Always keep a close eye on your gas gauge. Don't take a chance on trying to make it to the next town if you are low on gas. Play it safe and fill up when you are at a quarter of a tank. It's better for your vehicle and you'll have much more peace of mind. Also remember you may be towing additional weight or carrying more passengers/luggage than normal, so your fuel economy can be affected.
4. Check Your Tires
It's easy to check the depth of your tire treads and the air pressure in your tires. Have them rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles. Good tires will make life safer on the road, and they can improve fuel economy and overall handling.
5. Wheel Alignment
In addition to checking the tires, have the wheel alignment tested. Proper wheel alignment will make for better handling on the road and it will reduce uneven tire wear.
6. Brake Inspection
Get those brakes checked out. Keep your family safe and also other drivers on the road. You want your brakes working well when you are driving in an unfamiliar area or on busy freeways/highways where crazy things can happen without warning.
7. Battery Test
Make sure your battery is running strong. The worst thing that can happen is to get stranded roadside or in an area you don't know. A good battery will give you peace of mind. Let Bill's Quality Auto Care test your battery, and recharge/replace it if needed.
Take care of these simple maintenance needs and you will be able to enjoy your summer vacation. Even if you are not leaving town, these are good tips to follow to make sure your car keeps running well in the oppressive summer heat.
For all your vehicle's maintenance and auto repair needs, call Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley at (805) 387-9418 or schedule a service appointment online.