The summer months will be here in no time when people decide to plan their biggest road trips. That means that you are going to be spending more time on the road, driving greater distances for longer periods of time. Generally, such long car trips mean there is need for caution – you have to be prepared for all kinds of situations.
Here are summer driving tips – take a look:
Check the tread depth and pressure of your tires, as well as whether or not there is uneven wear. Don’t forget to pack spares. If you are out in the middle of nowhere and your tire blows, you might have to drive quite a distance on your spare. Make sure that you switch your winter tires to all-season or summer tires.
Service your vehicle. Take your car in for that needed oil change before you hit the road. Be sure that you all of your fluids are full (check the oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant/antifreeze, etc.)
Check your cooling system. Get a professional to inspect the radiator, belts and hoses, coolant, cooling fans, water pump, and heater core.
Pack an emergency kit that includes: jumper cables, flashlight, first aid, flares, water, nonperishable food, extra washer fluid, basic tools, and anything else that you think you might need.
Use the proper grade of gasoline. Buying a premium grade of gas when your car doesn’t call for it is nothing more than a waste of money. Not sure what grade to buy? Check online or with a trusted mechanic and they will advise accordingly.
Be smart about packing for your trip and loading the car. You don’t have to take your entire wardrobe for a weekend trip! The less you bring, the lighter your car will be, and the less gas you will use. Be sure that when you load your car the driver’s visibility is clear.
Keep your speed within reason. By keeping your cruising speed within reasonable limits you can save 2-5% in fuel and prevent accidents.
Double check routes before setting out. Try finding alternate ones and or adjusting your travel times if there is road work being done. Get an early start if possible.
Please remember to never drink and drive. The summer holiday season filled with picnics, family events, and major weekend driving holidays, so this is one safety tip that shouldn’t be overlooked under any circumstances. So what are you waiting for? Start planning right away!
Summer driving with a new graduate, how about getting them a new car. Head on down to Puente Hills, where they have a great selection of cars.