The summer months are quickly approaching and as the temperature gauge rises, so do a few concerns for your car and your health. Prepare now to make the transition comfortable for you and your vehicle. Follow these five simple tips to keep your car in outstanding condition throughout the brutal summer months.
1. Check your AC!
The last thing you want is to have that first scorching hot Arizona day come up and your AC doesn’t work. Our advice is to test your AC out now and make sure it is running properly. You don’t want to be stranded in above 100 degree weather without it. Getting overheated while driving can cause dizzy spells, fatigue, and dehydration in a hurry. Don’t ever let it get to that point. If you are concerned about your AC, book an appointment and have it checked out today.
2. Tire Tread and Pressure.
Heat and tire pressure can wreak havoc on your tire tread, which can cause dangerous driving conditions. A quick and simple way to gauge your tire tread is to keep a penny nearby. Insert the penny into your tire tread with Abe Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see space above his head, then it’s time to make your way in to Bell Union Auto Service for a new set of tires! Tire pressure is also a very important aspect to check for. Under inflated tires mixed with extremely hot road conditions make a recipe for disaster. Blowouts are very common in Arizona and can turn a Sunday stroll into a crisis in a hurry. That being said, it’s important to check the tread and the pressure regularly.
If you don’t already have a sunshade, it’s time to invest in one right away! These simple shades can save you from getting into a burning hot car and touching an extremely hot steering wheel. It can also protect the interior of your car from getting sun damaged. Sun damage is nearly impossible to reverse and diminishes the value of your car. Protect it and protect yourself by buying a sunshade as soon as possible.
4. Car Cover.
In the intense Arizona sun where your car is often parked outside, a car cover is a smart investment to make. It won’t take long for the sun to take a permanent toll on the paint of your car. Protect the outside and inside of your car with a simple cover and keep the sun from damaging your vehicle. For short trips, using the sunshade in your windshield will work but if you are parked in direct sunlight for any length of time, then there is high value in purchasing a cover. For a small price, you can maintain the value of your car.
5. Wash and Wax.
Washing your vehicle and keeping it clean from debris and build up can help prevent corrosion on your vehicle. Make sure you wash your car regularly to keep it in the best condition possible. Once your car is nice and clean, go get a fresh wax! Wax can prevent sun damage and keep dust and debris from collecting on your car. Think of wax as a protective border around your car to keep it safe from environmental hazards. It can even cover small scratches!
Keeping you and your car in tip top shape is important. As the brutal summer months come creeping up, it’s important to know about some of the issues that often arise as a result. These five simple tips can save the value of your car and keep it in exceptional condition year round.
Start now and prepare for the summer months ahead. For all of your vehicle repair needs, book an appointment with our friendly staff at Bell Union Auto Service!