Summer is now upon us. Most families try to take full advantage of the school break to take a family vacation. Have you started making your summer plans yet? If not there is still time to make some plans. Remember family vacations do not have to cost a million dollars. Nor is there a requirement for your vacation to be to an expensive destination. There are plenty of vacation options right around where you live if you do some research. If you go somewhere close you will most likely be driving. Driving longer distances during the summer can bring about car troubles at time. Here at Citywide Towing Service we have put together a list of the most common summertime car problems so that you can do your best to avoid them.
Car Engine Overheating
Overheating is the number one car problem that drivers run into during the summer. The hot sun beats down on our cars and causes our car to struggle to work as it should. You will want to make sure that you check the coolant in your car before taking any road trips. Experts recommend that you use 50% coolant and 50% water in your vehicle. You should also have water in your trunk just in case you need to fill your car up while you are on the road.
Another frequent car problem that pops up is problems with your air conditioning. When you are driving during the summer having a functioning air conditioning is extremely important. If your family has to drive with no air they are going to be frustrated and ornery while traveling. Before you leave on your trip make sure that the air conditioning in your car is working well. You may need to have a mechanic help you get it working before you leave.
Car Battery Dies in Heat
Whenever there is extreme temperatures, hot or cold, the battery in your car is affected. Heat accelerates corrosion on your battery. Extreme cold makes your battery sluggish and reduces the ability to provide sufficient power. During the summer batteries die more than during other times of year. Be aware of how old your battery is before you leave. You can have a mechanic check the battery life before you leave as well.
Performance of Tires in Summer
Like your battery, your tires are also affected by extremely hot temperatures. When it gets hot outside the heat coming from the asphalt and tar on the road is overwhelmingly hot. Your tires react to this increase in heat. To help avoid a blowout while on vacation you will want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and the tread is intact before you head out on your trip.
Summer Car Accident Statistics
The last thing that we want to highlight today is the risk of accidents on the road. During the summer there are more people on the road. The busier the roads are the more likely there are to be accidents. Stay alert and follow all safety rules when you are on vacation. Accidents are tough no matter when they occur but when you are on vacation they seem to be even more frustrating.
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We hope that these tips will help you stay safe this summer as you travel with your family. If you find yourself in need of roadside assistance or a tow give Citywide Towing Service a call.