3 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Summer is here! For us, that means more time in the car running to and from play dates and park days, visiting semi-local family and friends and taking mini-vacations.

Which means it’s time for a car checkup, because the last thing I want to do is get stuck on the side of the road somewhere on a hot and sticky day with four tired girls!

Here are three ways you can prepare your car for summer:

1. Check your tire pressure & wear, fluid levels, etc.

The change of the seasons is a good time for routine maintenance, like checking your tires, fluid levels, etc.

To check your tire pressure, first refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure for your car. Then, use a tire gauge (if you don’t have one, many gas station air pumps have one built in) to check the air pressure. If it’s too low, add more air; too high, let some out. Recheck the pressure until it’s within the recommended range.

Then, visually check the wear on your tires. The tread should be evenly worn across each tire; uneven wear can indicate poorly aligned or imbalanced tires or improper pressure.

In addition to checking your tire pressure and wear before you head out for road trips or vacation, be sure to check the wiper fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid levels. Or schedule a tune up at your favorite shop and ask them to check them for you!

2. Wash and wax it, inside and out.

It never ceases to amaze me how very many bugs end up meeting an untimely death on the front of our car. Take some time now to wash and wax your car to prevent those bugs from becoming a permanent part of the paint scheme! Not only will it look spiffy, but cleaning off the bugs and grime from your adventures will be easier as well.

Cleaning the inside of our van often feels even more futile than cleaning the house, but now is a great time to vacuum up crumbs, unstick any melted gum or crayons, clean the finger (and toe!) prints off the windows and check hidden compartments for buried treasure. Hint: stock the compartments with plastic grocery bags for collecting trash instead!

3. Clean out any winter gear and replace with summer gear.

In the winter, you’ll find blankets, coats, ice scrapers and more loaded into the back of our van, but when the weather starts to warm up, I can’t wait to put away the signs of cold weather and pull out our summer gear instead, which often includes an extra tube of sunscreen, a gallon of water, a picnic blanket and random pool gear.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine.