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How to Prevent Car Breakdowns in the Heat

With summer in full swing, many of you may be finishing out with a road trip or vacation. Before you hit the road for your summer fun, it's vital to prepare for the journey. At Drive AutoCare, we want you to get to your destination safely so follow these five tips before your next trip:

Tip #1: Check Your Tires

Did you know that the heat can cause your tires to increase in pressure? When driving with overinflated pressure, you’re at a higher risk of wearing down your tires prematurely and tire blowouts. To avoid either case, we recommend measuring your tire pressure and tread depth more frequently. Additionally, don’t forget to pack a spare tire with you for long trips.

Tip #2: Get a Cooling System Inspection

The risk of engine overheating is much higher when it is hot outside. With this in mind, you should be aware of your coolant levels and condition. Make sure you top it off when necessary.
In some cases, a coolant flush may be necessary.

Tip #3: Change Your Oil 

Your engine oil breaks down and loses its lubricating and cooling powers over time. If your engine has to work harder than before, it can increase in temperature.

Tip #4: Test Your Battery

If you didn’t know already, the hot weather can also strain your car battery and warrant unnecessary breakdowns. To avoid draining your battery this summer, make sure to have it tested. Furthermore, focus on wiping down any visible corrosion. And pack a charger and/or jumper cables along for the ride.

By following these helpful tips above, you can prevent vehicle breakdowns this summer and make sure your summer travels are safe and fun. If you need any assistance with the service above, feel free to visit the experts at Drive AutoCare today.

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