Summer Driving Tip #1
The #1 enemy of cars and trucks in the summertime is excessive heat. High temperatures can ruin engines, transmissions, wheel bearings, and your entire week!
Summer vacation trips often provide the right combination of conditions for cooling system breakdowns. Cooling systems that have been neglected can fail under a combination of high air temperatures, heavy loads, high speeds, and the extra load of air conditioning. Travelers expecting these conditions may want to consider installing auxiliary oil and/or transmission coolers.
Proper preventative maintenance includes flushing your engine cooling system, replacing your thermostat, changing your old belts and hoses, and filling with fresh antifreeze coolant of the correct type and mixture percentage. Make sure that all fluids are at normal levels.
Summer Driving Tip #2
Tires with incorrect air pressure can cause summertime disasters. Maintain proper tire air pressure at all times. Air pressure that is too low can hurt your tires and fuel economy, or even cause high-speed heat-related blowups.
Uneven pressure among your tires can also hurt the handling of your vehicle.
Check your owners manual for the proper tire pressure to match your make and model of vehicle. Please remember that variations of outside air temperatures can affect tire pressure, so check tire pressures frequently during temperature transitions that you may encounter in summertime vacation travels.