Heading on a road trip this summer? There are some important things to keep in mind before you hit the highway. That’s why we at Union Park Honda have created a list of summer driving tips to help you get the most out of your drive while also staying safe.
According to NPR’s Car Talk, you should start by checking the cooling system, which includes the radiator, coolant, belts and hoses, cool fans, a heater core, and the water pump. In addition to a visual inspection, you should be sure that your radiator has been flushed and filled with the proper combination of antifreeze/coolant and water (usually a 50/50 mix). Because of the summer heat, the cooling system is one of the most important places to check before you drive.
Check the tires next. If you’re driving cross country, consider buying summer tires—tires made with special rubber compounds to handle high temperatures. At the very least, look for worn tread and low pressure, as these can seriously impact handling and fuel economy.
Additionally, you should check the air conditioning system. Although it’s not essential to the function of the vehicle, a faulty A/C system can make your trip miserable. If your system isn’t as cool as you’d like, you may need to recharge the refrigerant. You can do this yourself with a kit, or simply bring it to the dealership service center for a no-hassle fix.
These are some of the basic summer driving tips to keep in mind, especially if you’re going on a road trip–check the cooling system, inspect tires, and recharge the A/C. For more driving tips or any vehicle needs, come see us at Union Park Honda anytime!