If you’ve ever lived in Texas, you know how much havoc the heat can wreak on your vehicles. The hot summer sun down in Texas, over 100 degrees for days and days straight, can fade, crack, chip and just plain demolish a paint job. It can go through a vehicle with the windows up and warp a dashboard and anything else inside the vehicle. It can cause the insides of a car to work so hard that it can barely keep up during the hottest part of the day.
Most people don’t even generally go out from 2-6 pm during the summer in south Texas if they can help it. So you can imagine that I know a thing or two about car maintenance and care during the summertime, wherever you may live. You’re dealing with the sun, and you’re dealing with a time of the year in which people do quite a bit of driving. Do you plan on driving during a summer vacation? Your car needs to be ready for a trip like that remember.
As mentioned, that summer sun can warp a dashboard and melt other things inside your vehicle. The temperature inside a vehicle without the windows rolled down a little bit is going to be much hotter than the temperature outside the vehicle. That being said, you need one of those visors that people put up against the windshield to protect the dashboard and the inside of the car. Some people choose not to keep their windows rolled down a bit because of security, but it’s not much of a choice when you live in south Texas.
Remember that the hot sun can also mess with your tires. Tire pressure specifically is what you need to pay attention to, but you also need to make sure your tires are in great condition, for withstanding the sun and also those summer road trips. Even if you’re not driving and taking some long vacation, you’re surely going to enjoy some shorter summer road trips. That’s what summer is all about.
Some people live in a climate where the cold winter weather is the biggest culprit. In that case, people living in these climates would take the summer as a welcome break. They could work on things they can’t do during the winter so easily, like winterizing their car and preparing for the next season. Whether it’s cold winter weather or hot summer weather, weather in general definitely plays a part in auto maintenance responsibilities.
One thing you also might want to think about when it comes to summertime car maintenance is changing the air filter for your vehicle. This is another tip that is especially helpful for the people that live in cold harsh winter climates. During the winter, the air filters are overworked, and they might be clogged. Changing them out is a step for summertime maintenance if you live in the north.
Usually when you think of storms, do you think of the winter or another season. Summer is also a season of storms, and that means you need a good pair of windshield wipers. They are worn out from the winter if you live in a location that is used to snow anyway. Summertime is a great time to take care of routine maintenance like putting new windshield wipers on your vehicle. The last thing you want to happen is to be caught in a storm without windshield wipers that can keep you seeing the road.
You also want to pay attention to the air conditioning system for your car. If something seems off, you should take it in before the heat really starts to hit. What might be a good idea too is to just decide to have the vehicle air conditioning system checked out prior to the summer season.
Clean the battery, don’t pump gas during the heat of the day, get your oil change early instead of procrastinating and work on getting the best gas mileage in the summer sun. Summer may seem like a hard season to deal with, but who would trade those summer road trips in for anything? Other seasons have their own car maintenance tips, but these are things you should do for your vehicle when summertime is approaching.