Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Driving

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer Travel

Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr

Summer is here and the open road is calling. Is your vehicle ready?

Whether heading out on a long road trip, embarking on a weekend getaway, or attending a family event, summer means driving to any number of exciting destinations.

Before you venture out, follow these simple steps to ensure your vehicle is ready for the road.

Check Tire Pressure: Consult your vehicle owner manual to find the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure and don’t forget to check the pressure for your spare tire as well.

Change Your Oil: While opinions differ as to how often you should change your oil (anywhere from every 3,000 to 7,500 miles), be sure to keep careful track of your oil changes, especially if you’re about to go on a long trip.

Change Your Wiper Blades: Make sure your windshield wipers are ready for heavy summer downpours.

Schedule a Checkup: While filling the tires with air and changing the wiper blades is simple enough for many vehicle owners, you probably want to take your car to a mechanic to handle some the more technical maintenance procedures. These include checking the air conditioning, cooling system, and brakes.

Prepare an Emergency Kit: Be sure to include essentials such as a first aid kit, phone charger, batteries, flashlight, extra water, snacks, blanket, paper towels, jumper cables, flares, and extra oil and coolant.

Update Your Navigation System Map: The excitement and fun of summer adventures can come to a quick halt if you get lost, especially in a city or remote area that is unfamiliar. From everyday driving to longer road trips, a map update will keep you on course and on time.

Click the appropriate brand logo below to access the corresponding map update store.

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