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Summarizing Your Vehicle: What You Need to Know

Summer may not be here just yet, but it’s never too early to start preparing your vehicle for the upcoming season. After all, seasons can change quickly, and if you live in a place with extreme temperatures or weather, your car could suffer if it hasn’t been properly prepared. For hot summers, there a few essential things you’ll need to do for your car to make it ready for the high temperatures. Read on to learn more.

Air Conditioner: Your Best Friend During Summer Months

This is probably obvious, but you should make sure your air conditioner is working and that the associated parts are in good condition to better handle the hotter months; this includes the belts, the compressor and its fins. Check for damage and make sure to remove debris from the fins to stay cool on all of your commutes during the summertime.

Keep it Cool; Check Your Radiator

Your radiator is one of the most vital parts of your car and should be checked routinely, but especially before hot weather hits. Make sure that none of the hoses are leaking and be sure to top off the reservoirs as needed. You should also do a coolant flush to remove debris.

Keep on Rollin’ with Summer Tires

Summer weather calls for different tires, so switch them now. It’s also important to make sure the pressure is at a good level. Hot weather can cause old tires to blow up, which is scary and dangerous. We really can’t overstress tire care during the summertime.

Stop on a Dime: Brakes

Finally, remember that brakes tend to suffer during summer weather as well. That means you might need to replace your brake pads. Listen for unusual noises when braking, such as squeaking or grinding. If you hear something, don’t wait to take care of it.

Conclusion

The tips we’ve mentioned above are just a few ways that you can make your vehicle summer ready. To summerize your car more thoroughly and to save yourself the strenuous labor, bring your car or truck to H.W. Automotive Inc.! We’ll give you peace of mind during the summer and keep your car running great!

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Driving In the Rain


When it comes to driving in the rain, most people believe they’re ready to deal with the weather properly. However, the number of car accidents increases during rainy weather and it seems that the understanding of how to drive safely goes out the window. Continue reading to refresh your memory on three of the biggest things to remember when driving in the rain. 

Car driving quickly through a puddle with a splash.
Car driving quickly through a puddle.

Standing Water

For kids, puddles can be fun to jump in, while the story changes significantly for adults driving through standing water on the road. In an ideal world, you’d be able to avoid the puddle altogether; however, that’s not always the case in life. If it does come down to driving through standing water, slow down to save your car’s engine and brakes. By speeding through a patch of standing water, you also potentially risk hydroplaning and losing control of your car. Don’t let that happen to you!

Give Yourself Extra Time

To really ensure that you stay safe in the rain, you should get into the habit of giving yourself extra travel time for your commute. While it can be frustrating to leave home earlier, it is better than rushing while driving, which puts not only your life, but those of others at risk. Keep in mind that car accidents have a higher chance of occurrence when the weather is bad and drivers on the road refuse to slow down.

Close-up of the cruise control button on a steering wheel.
Close-up of the cruise control button.

Avoid Cruising with Cruise Control

This one can seem counter-intuitive and yet completely reasonable at the same time. If you think that traveling in the rain at a set speed could be a good thing, then remember what would happen if you were to end up hydroplaning. You could actually speed up, which is the complete opposite of what you want to happen! Also it should go without saying that keeping your feet far away from the pedals during a rainstorm isn’t the greatest idea, since you would need to be able to hit your brakes quickly and intermittently.

Conclusion

When it comes to driving in the rain, you should always practice a higher level of cautious driving for sure, but remembering these three things especially can help save your life and your car’s life. To ensure your car is ready for all types of weather or to repair some damage from your last trip, come in to see our car experts today!

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