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Take Care of Your Car This Summer

from Gateway Insurance

Jun 11, 2014

The heat of the summer can be rough on anyone. We always have to take proper precautions to protect ourselves from the heat and sun. This summer, don't forget to give your car that little extra attention as well. Here are some tips from AAA to get your car ready for the summer elements: Batteries Heat and vibration are two of the most destructive elements that affect the life of your battery. In order prolong the life and avoid unnecessary trouble, clean up the battery terminals and cable clamps. Make sure all areas are free from erosion, as battery fluid evaporates more quickly in the heat. Check that your battery is properly installed to avoid breakdown from vibrations while driving. Tires Driving on under-inflated tires can cause the tires to blow out. The heat of the road combined with a tire that is not full can wreck havoc on tires and brakes. Properly check your car's tires this summer. Tire checks are best done when the car has not been driven. Check with the tire manufacturer to find out how much air will inflate your tires properly. Hydrate Keep the insides of your car cool and lubricated during the hot months, by maintaining appropriate fluid levels. Low levels of proper fluids can cause problems with parts as they work hard with low lubrication. Another big summertime concern is overheating your vehicle. By maintaining appropriate fluid levels you prevent mechanical failures. Have your engine coolant flushed and replaced if needed. Take your car in for fluid checks, flushes, and fills in order to maintain a balance of fluids within your car. Be Prepared In case of an unfortunate emergency, be prepared with an emergency car kit in every car. The kit should absolutely include water and food. Including items like first aid supplies, flashlights, and emergency tools like road flares or beacons are important to consider as well. This information and more can be found at texas.aaa.com. Gateway Professional Insurance Services in California, wishes you a wonderful summer! We offer auto insurance coverage to meet your needs. Contact us today!

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