Summer Driving & Road Trip Tips

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Cars and heat don’t always go well together, which is why driving in record-breaking hot weather can be risky. Whether you’re going on a road trip or running errands around town, we want to make sure you feel comfortable while driving in Florida heat. We’ve got some great tips that may help you avoid any hot weather car problems!

Check your fluids.

Your car’s fluids are essential for keeping your vehicle running smoothly. You can avoid the stress of driving in the summer by checking the fluid levels constantly. These fluids include the following:

  • Power-steering fluid
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Coolant: This is the most important fluid as it keeps your vehicle cool to avoid overheating.

Monitor your tire pressure.

It’s important to check your tire pressure regularly because your tires become too inflated when they’re exposed to extreme heat. 

Don’t wait for your vehicle’s tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to light up; before a road trip, stop by Big Chief Tire and ask about our tire services. Keeping your tires at the manufacturer-recommended pressure levels will ensure you don’t have any issues while driving.

Keep an emergency kit.

Having an emergency kit in your car year-round is a necessity. During summertime, it’s even more important. Make sure the kit is stored somewhere safe and easily accessible. Your emergency kit should include:

  • A first aid kit
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Road flares
  • Water
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight

You never know when these essential items can be useful!

Maintain your car’s cooling system.

Because summer heat puts extra pressure on your engine, you’ve got to make sure your car’s cooling system is running perfectly. If you’re searching for a mechanic near you, you can come see us at Big Chief Tire, and we’ll check out your cooling system to ensure it’s protected from overheating. 

Be prepared for breakdowns.

Even if you’ve followed all of the tips above, there’s still a chance your car could break down. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit and spare tire in your vehicle! For added protection, schedule an appointment with your local Big Chief before your next summer drive. 

Now that we have shared some tips for driving in the Florida heat such as checking your fluids, monitoring tire pressure, keeping an emergency kit, maintaining your car’s cooling system, and preparing for breakdowns, we hope you’ve gained the confidence you need to drive safely this season.

Schedule an appointment with Big Chief Tire to make sure your car is in the best shape to keep you cool and safe for the summer.

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