Summer Car Care Tips

from Gammons Insurance Agency Inc.

May 06, 2015

Everyone who has lived in New England for more than one winter is familiar with how to prepare an automobile for the harsh winter months, including gathering an emergency kit, making sure that there is enough fuel in the tank, watching the pressure in the tires, and dealing with icy doors and windows after a snowstorm.

One thing that some people don’t consider, though, is how to prepare a car for the harsh summer months – after all, heat can damage a car as much as cold can.

Catch up on your Spring Cleaning

If you haven’t yet, now is the time to clean out all of the junk that has accumulated in your car over the winter. You may also want to take this opportunity to clean the outside of your car. If you do so, take care to wash the bottom of the car well to get off any winter residue (like salt) that may have accumulated.

Be Ready for Summer Storms

It’s pretty safe to say that there will be several storms throughout the course of the summer. Knowing this, you should take the time to prepare now by changing your car’s windshield wipers – a task that should be done at least every year, but some wipers need replacing every six months. Remember, Boston gets an average of more than three inches of rain each and every month!

Beat the Heat

The Gammons Insurance staff is looking forward to taking advantage of all of the great summer events here in Boston. If you’re planning to take your car to any events here in the area, you may want to have your air conditioner checked so that you’re not stuck suffering in the heat. Just in case you do run into an air conditioner problem in the middle of a trip, invest in a couple of portable handheld fans for your car’s emergency kit.

Prepare for Long Trips

Summertime is a great time to go explore – if you want to take a trip with the family in your car, you need to make sure that you are prepared before you leave. If you’re going on a long car ride, you should have your car looked over by a qualified mechanic. They will be able to tell you if you need to refresh any of your fluids, and make sure that your engine and your tires are ready for a journey.

Don’t Neglect Your Maintenance Schedule

It may not be a summer specific recommendation, but every car owner needs to make sure that they are up to date with their manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. If you’re not sure what tasks your car needs, you can ask your favorite local mechanic, or possibly find what you’re looking for on your vehicle manufacturer’s website.

If you take anything away from this post, it should be this: a little bit of maintenance or work now could make your life a lot easier in the future. In the same fashion, a few minutes on the phone with someone here from Gammons Insurance could help you get a great auto insurance policy at a fantastic price, so call508-947-3460 today!

One Article Comment

Dee Francis

You’re right about how it’s best to have my car checked out before going on a long road trip. My family lives in a different state, so I usually take a few weeks off during the summer to go on a long road trip to visit them. Taking my car to a mechanic before leaving would be a good way to ensure that my car doesn’t break down on the road. There were a few times when that happened, so I’ll do that smart thing and have my car checked out before leaving this year. Thanks for the tips!

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