To say it’s hot here in Cincinnati would be an understatement. Temperatures are constantly on the rise, and some days feel above 100 degrees.Just walking outside makes you sweat, and your car is no different.
The heat can be rough on a car. Just think, at least you get to go into the AC. Your car, not so lucky. So how do you keep your car running when the temps are up? Glad you asked, Cash4Cars Cincinnati has got it covered.
- Check Your Tires (from howstuffworks.com) – Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. According the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), only one out of 10 drivers checks his or her tire pressure correctly, compared with almost seven out of 10 who wash their cars regularly [source: RMA]. But the truth is that an under-inflated, over-inflated, worn down or misaligned tire can be extremely dangerous, particularly in hot summer weather.
- Check Your Coolant (from autotrader.com)- Fluids like coolant, motor oil and windshield washer fluid are things motorists can regularly check on their own. Engine coolant, sometimes called antifreeze, is the number one thing motorists should stay on top of in the summer months. Since modern cars have a closed system for coolant, checking or adding coolant is easy. This is generally done through the coolant reservoir located under the hood. Consult your owner’s manual for a specific location. Be sure the coolant level is between the minimum and maximum markings, adding more if necessary. But never open the radiator cap or coolant tank lid when the engine is hot.
- Check Your Emergency Kit (from klipinger.com) – Prepare for the worst. You should keep an emergency kit with some necessities in your car in case you get stuck. The AAA 73 Piece Adventurer Road Assistance Kit ($55,www.amazon.com) includes jumper cables, an air compressor, tools and a first-aid kit. Black & Decker’s Start It Jump-Starter ($50, www.bdonlinestore.com) can help you get back on the road without jumper cables.We don’t want to be a drag, but keep in mind that driving faster than 60 miles per hour decreases your fuel efficiency — each 5 mph over 60 is like paying an extra 24 cents per gallon for gas. That money is better spent on a snack at the next rest stop.
Make sure to read the full articles for each checklist item, which can be found by clicking on the provided links.