You welcome the fair days in hot temperatures that summer brings after the dreary weather and cold environment of winter and spring. If you want your vehicle to drive great when the sun's rays are at their peak, prep your vehicle using the following tips.

Keep Your Cool with Air Conditioning

Your air-conditioner will get the most use during the hot season so make sure that it is working properly. Even before the first day of summer, give this component a run-through by turning it on and driving your vehicle. If it's not cooling the interior the way that it should, you may either be lacking refrigerant or have a leak. Have your air-conditioning inspected by a professional mechanic to discover the problem and solution.

Top off Your Fluids

Fluids like coolant, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid helps keep your vehicle running in top condition. Check that their reservoirs are filled to the correct level. In most cases, you only want to look at the levels after your engine has been given time to cool down and when your car is on a level surface. If you don't know where to locate the compartments for these vital liquids, consult your owner's manual.

Clean the Exterior

Make your vehicle shine as bright as the sun by giving the exterior a good you can get this done efficiently and quickly at your local car wash or at home if you want to save money. Apply a layer of wax to further protect the finish.

Guard against the Sun

Solar rays contain ultraviolet light, which can affect both the exterior and interior of your vehicle. The best way to protect against this type of damage is to use a car cover if you have to park your vehicle outside for long periods during the day. One good example is CarCare4U. As a bonus, such a cover will protect the exterior finish against bird droppings and plant sap, and help keep the engine cool. If you park your vehicle outside at night, consider keeping it covered as well, which will help shield it against prying eyes and potential thieves.

Take Care Of the Interior

Remove everything that's been gathering inside your vehicle during the winter, including children's toys, extra mittens, ice scrapers, snow brushes, and trash. Give the inside a good vacuuming and don't forget the dashboard, seats, and floor. Use a glass cleaner to clean the inside of the windshield and windows.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit to keep you cool and hydrated in case you break down in the middle of the day and have to spend hours either waiting or looking for help. Pack protection for you and your passengers in the form of sunscreen, extra sunglasses and sun hats, a first aid kit, snacks, and plenty of water. To look after your vehicle, including jumper cables, a small tool kit, a flashlight, a tire sealant, and road flares. While you’re at it, check that your spare tire is properly inflated and that you have a tripod jack and wheel wrench.

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