It's summer and the heat is on! We've got some tips and tricks to help you stay cool in your car this summer.
1. Check Your Air Conditioning
The first thing you should do is check your car’s air conditioner. It’s important to make sure that your car’s AC is working properly before you go out in the sun, even if it isn’t hot yet. If your auto air conditioner isn’t working, consider using a fan or visiting a mechanic for repairs as soon as possible so that you can stay cool this summer.
2. Get New Windshield Wipers
Did you know that windshield wipers are an easy and inexpensive way to keep your car safe? When the weather is bad, it can be difficult for drivers to see their surroundings clearly. Wipers help prevent accidents by clearing rain, snow, and ice from the windshield so that you can see where you're going.
If your wipers are leaving streaks on your windshield or keep falling off, it might be s a great time to change them.
3. Check Your Cooling System
First, check your cooling system for any leaks. If you see a drop in the coolant level, add more. Next, make sure that the radiator cap is secure and not leaking. Also, check that all hoses and belts are in good condition to avoid losing coolant circulation through them.
4. Keep Your Car Cool
- Park in the shade. Parking your car under a tree, or at least in the shade of a building, is one of the best things you can do to keep it cool.
- Use a sunshade. Whether you use an actual sunshade or just roll down your windows and let some air in, this will help reduce the interior temperature by letting heat escape from around the windshield, doors, and windows.
- Use a window deflector. Window deflectors are simple devices that attach to your car's windows with suction cups. They block out sun rays while still allowing cool air to circulate into your vehicle during hot summer months and they're also great for keeping rain off when it's raining!
- Use a car cover. If you don't have shade where you park or don't want to use window deflectors because they get dirty easily, then using a custom-made cover might be right up your alley. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, fabrics, designs, patterns, and materials.
5. Perform Tire Maintenance
- Check your tire pressure regularly.
- Don't overfill tires.
- Don’t leave your car parked in the sun.
- Keep tires inflated to the proper pressure (about 35 psi). If you don't know what that is, take it to a professional. And make sure they aren't using cheap air pumps that just give off hot air. Some places will fill up your tires with cold water instead of real H2O if it's cheaper for them.
6. Buy An Emergency Kit
To avoid being stranded without air conditioning when your car breaks down, you need to think about getting an emergency kit. You should have a kit in your car that includes: water, jumper cables, a flashlight with spare batteries, a tire gauge, and basic tools. Make sure you check the kit regularly and replace any missing items.
With these tips, you can protect yourself and your car this summer!
Dale's auto repair services are here to help. We have the best trained technicians in the area with years of experience working on all different types of vehicles. Call us today at (563) – 293 - 7081 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with one of our team members.