As the season’s change, so should your car maintenance. To keep your car ready for whatever adventures summer has in-store, follow these easy tips.
Check your windshield
If your windshield currently has any cracks, it’s best to get it repaired before that Texas heat really kicks in and makes them larger. Temperature change and general vibrations from driving can cause these small cracks to turn into big problems, and getting your windshield repaired or replaced sooner rather than later can save you money down the road. Windshield cracks can pose a major danger to you and your passengers during the summer months as they reduce the stability of your windshield. Be on the lookout for any cracks or dings in your windshield over the summer and contact a local reputable windshield repair/replacement shop.
Protect your windshield from temperature change
Your windshield can take major damage when the temperature changes so it’s important to take small precautions to avoid cracking or damage this summer. Although the Texas heat can be sweltering, try to air out hot air by rolling the windows down before turning on your A/C, the drastic temperature change can damage your windshield and cause cracking. If you can, opt for turning on the A/C to low versus high as soon as you enter your vehicle, this helps with temperature change causing cracks as well.
You can also help with temperature changes in your car by parking in the shade or buying a sunshade, this reduces the heat to the interior of your car. Additionally, blocking the interior from harmful UV rays helps protect the upholstery of your car from fading.
Get your car inspected
While Texas only requires an inspection once a year, it’s important to get your car inspected before the summer starts, this will help ensure you’re road trip ready and that the summer heat doesn’t make small issues in your car much bigger. At McGavock, we offer complimentary multi-point inspections that offer peace of mind.
Opt for an oil change before a road trip
If you’re planning on a long road trip, or simply driving more often this summer, your oil change should match your busy schedule. Oil changes keep your engine clean, help your car consume less gas, and keep your engine from overheating especially when there’s extra added heat during the summer. There’s never an issue with getting an oil change early, but major issues could arise from putting a change off for too long.
Check your tires
Summer and winter cause temperature changes that can affect your car’s tire pressure and put you at higher risk for a blowout or flat tire. Don’t forget to check your spare tire! The heat can cause your tires to lose air and need replacing much quicker, even your spare. By keeping an eye on your car’s tire pressure, you can actually improve your gas mileage on longer trips as well.
We hope these tips will help keep you and your car safe & prepared for all your summer activities. No matter what your plans for the summer may be, McGavock is ready to serve you!