When summer comes around, many people start to look forward to traveling with their family. In many cases, the classic American road trip is the vacation that a lot of people get most excited about since it can be an affordable and fun way to travel. However, if you’re preparing for a road trip or you just want to make sure your car is safe for summer, you’re not alone.

Summer car maintenance is a little different than it is the rest of the year, so make sure you follow these tips to keep you and your family safe this season:

  1. Check Your Spare Tire
    One of the most common problems car owners have is pulling out their spare tire when they really need it only to find that it won’t actually get them to the service station. While there isn’t exactly any length of time you should keep a spare tire before you discard it, you do need to make sure that it’s properly inflated and not cracked. Over time, heat will damage the spare tire, and if you’re lucky enough to not have used, count that as a blessing.

  2. Get Coolant Levels Checked
    Nothing is worse than a car that’s simply too hot to drive, especially on a road trip. Before you depart, make sure you have your coolant level checked by a professional. You’ll also want them to check your brake fluid, power steering fluid and your transmission.

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  4. Have Your Undercarriage Cleaned
    If you live in an area with rain or snow, chances are the underside of your car is caked with salt that can eat through that metal over time. Get your undercarriage cleaned once the rain and snow season stops to avoid long-term damage to your car and costly repair bills.