Things You Should Keep in Your Car in Summer

Driving

If your car breaks down in the summer, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area, you’ll want to have a car that’s stocked with essentials. Here are some items you should always keep in your car.

1: Food and water! Keeping some snack bars in your glove compartment and a case of water in the trunk could save you while you’re waiting hours for a tow truck to find you, especially on a hot day.

2: A quart of oil. Most people don’t check their oil as often as they should, and if your oil starts to get low when you’re in the middle of a long drive or you start having car troubles, having a quart in the backseat can save you from a disaster.

3: A cell phone charger if your car supports it. Today a cell phone can get you out of just about any situation—you can even make emergency calls when you’re out of range. If you break down, you will want your cell phone.

That’s just a few of the things you should keep in your car during the summer. Check your fluids and drive safe, and hopefully you’ll avoid a breakdown!  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what other things you think we should keep in our cars as well in the comments below!

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Road Trip

You know it’s summer when it hits 90 degrees, and your car knows it too. Taking care of a car in summer requires a slightly different approach than in the milder months or even in winter, especially since summer is the most popular time of the year to take road trips.  This makes it even more important to take care of your vehicle in hot weather.

One of the most important things you can do is keep track of your tire pressure, since it changes with the weather. Under-filled tires can cause an easily avoided blowout, and overfilled ones can decrease friction with the ground.  This can cause sliding or other potential dangerous situations on the road.

Your car is most likely to overheat in the summer, so it’s one of the most important times in the year to regularly check your fluids. Make sure your motor oil and coolant are topped off, especially before taking any road trips. You can also keep your car cool by parking in the shade and using your air conditioning if you have it.

We hope these summer car maintenance tips are helpful to you and keep you safe on the road this summer!  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive if you have any other helpful tips for taking care of your car in the heat!