Summer means traveling, often by car, and often for several hours at a time to reach your final destination. At Connexus Credit Union, keeping you financially healthy is our top priority, but knowing that you’ve had an enjoyable, and safe, road trip means a lot, too.
Follow this handy checklist to help keep your car running smoothly and safely!
Check The AC. Test it out before the first hot day arrives. It’s not a bad idea to periodically test it throughout the year, either. Then buy a sunshade for your windshield to give the AC a break.
Replace Filters, Breathe Easier. Check and replace your cabin air filter. A good filter can remove up to 98 percent of the impurities that impact air quality, including pollen, dust and dirt.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers. Experts recommend changing blades every six months. But don’t wait if you have a bad blade; you’ll be glad for wipers in good working order if you’re caught in a downpour.
Check Your Battery. Summer can be just as hard on your battery as winter. Don’t find yourself stranded because of an old or weak battery. Warmer weather can also cause battery fluids to evaporate causing corrosion on the battery itself.
Check Your Coolant Levels. Antifreeze is needed year round; in the summer it acts as a coolant. Be sure levels are strong, and if you need to top it off, use a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. It’s a good idea to check the hoses, as well.
Change Your Oil. This is a critical part of car maintenance. Keep oil and air filters clean. Follow your car’s maintenance schedule. Clean oil is significant to engine performance and health.
Check Your Headlights. Safe driving means being able to see and be seen during dusk and evening hours – or anytime the visibility is poor.
Step On The Brakes. Confirm that your brakes are in good working order and inspect for wear before you leave. Watch for signs such as squeaking brakes, unusual vibrations or slow braking. Check your fluid levels and for leaks on the ground after you park.
Kick The Tires. Well not literally; but good tire maintenance is perhaps the most critical thing you can do to ensure safe summer driving. Check the air pressure and depth of treads on all four tires and your spare. It’s important to check the air pressure manually, even if your car has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Continual driving on hot roads also impacts tire wear. Check your tires frequently.