Summer is “road trip season." Getting your car in traveling shape after winter and spring wear and tear is easier than you might think.
Find out how to save money, maximize mileage, and get more from your car with just a few simple steps.
Change Your Tires
It may sound obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people wait until June to finally swap out their winters. Despite what your uncle’s friend’s mechanic’s kid might have told you, winter tires are no good for warm weather driving conditions. Now that we’re free from winter’s icy grip, schedule an appointment to do the switch if you haven’t done so already. Once your summer tires are on, take the time to rinse off a season’s worth of salt, slush, and snow before putting the winters in storage.
Do A Battery Check
Months of sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on a car’s battery. Taking the time to check if it’s performing could save you from considerable frustration down the road. If you’ve had your car for more than a few years, head over to your mechanic and have them perform a quick test. If you’re planning on taking any road trips this summer, you don’t want to be dealing with a dead battery or alternator in the middle of nowhere town.
Change Your Oil And Filter
You should be doing this regularly but just in case you’ve been skipping those helpful reminders, consider this a head’s up. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times but regular oil checks and changes are one of the best ways to keep your car running for the long haul. When you consider that ignoring the oil can lead to reduced mileage and serious engine damage, the occasional maintenance doesn’t seem like such a big deal. Check your owner’s manual (most are available online in case you can’t find the original) and see how often the manufacturer recommends a change.