Summertime is here and that means road trips, weekend getaways, and festivals. We’ve compiled some summer driving tips to help you enjoy that vacation instead of being stuck on the side of the road.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Before you start off on your trip, make sure to thoroughly check your car’s fluids: coolant levels, oil, etc. Also check the AC, tires and transmission to make sure everything is in working order.
2. Consider getting a “real” tire for your spare instead of the donut that is often provided when you first purchase the car. Those aren’t going to last you more than 50 miles and if you get a flat crossing west Texas or Death Valley you might want something more substantial.
3. Add to your trunk: duct tape, extra coolant, oil, a map, gps and water. (For you AND the car).
ONCE YOU’RE ON THE ROAD
4. If you’re pulling a boat or camper, slow down. Not only does towing an RV or boat make it more difficult for you to slow down, it also puts a strain on your engine and your gas mileage.
5. Keep an eye on your temperature gauge. If your car does start to overheat, you can help out by turning on your heat. It sounds counterproductive, but your heater is like a “mini” radiator and will draw heat away from your engine.
6. Watch out for other drivers. Summer time means more people on the roads and more congestion. Be aware of your surroundings and what other drivers are doing.
7. Finally, make sure to have your cell phone and a charger with you at all times when traveling. It’s always the best way to call 911 or a towing company if needed.
Be safe and have a great summer!