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It’s getting pretty hot, and we have a lot of summer to go. It’s always a good idea to approach your vehicle with a seasonal mindset; what it needs during the rainy seasons is a lot different than what you need to pay attention to when it heats up. Here are a few things to keep in mind this July.

  • You’re going to want your air conditioning system to be in tip-top condition, not just for your comfort, but for the long-term comfort of your car. Staying cool means you’ll be alert while you drive (most drivers experience a lot more fatigue during the summer.) We highly recommend that you bring in your car so we can inspect the AC system, to make sure the refrigerant levels are appropriate. If your car has a cabin filter, we’ll also inspect it to guarantee maximum airflow.
  • Keeping your engine cool with functional cooling systems is extremely important, to prevent overheating. You can check the coolant levels yourself (just make sure you don’t do this when the engine is hot), or you can bring in your car to us, where we can perform a full inspection.
  • Hot weather affects tire pressure; make sure to thoroughly check your tires (including the spare.)
  • Be prepared. In the event of a roadside breakdown, there are a few things you’ll want to have in your car, including water, nonperishable snacks, a blanket, a flashlight, batteries, jumper cables, road flares, and a first aid kit.

Again, some of these are checkups you can perform on your own vehicle, but, in our opinion, it’s a good idea to leave it to us. Call us to make an appointment, and we’ll make sure you’re ready to hit the summer road!

Coolest Car Accessories for your Next Roadtrip

It’s that time of year! Roadtrip time. Long hours spent on the road can be a bit boring unless you deck out your car out with some fun (and somewhat ridiculous) items. Here are a few things we’re definitely considering…

  • A portable vacuum. Yes, really. You’re going to want something to get rid of all the spilled chips, nuts, and cracker crumbs all over the seats.
  • portable vacuum for your car

  • A phone mount. Smartphones play an important role in all roadtrips, whether it be for directions, music, or phone conversations. Having a mount you can put on your dashboard to keep your phone within reach ensures that you’ll drive safely, without having to look down to change the music.
  • A travel mug. Preferably one that keeps your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold.
  • Travel Mug

  • An inflatable mattress you can stretch across your backseat, to create a comfy place where you to take a small nap. Check out the airbed from Autocastle; it’s an excellent size.
  • The Stinger. We recently found out about this device. It’s a fifteen-dollar lifesaver designed to immediately shatter a window, in the event that you find yourself having to exit your car in an emergency. We highly recommend it; better safe than sorry.
  • The Stinger

Of course, if you’re going to be going on a summer road trip, you definitely want to stop by your local mechanic for a safety inspection before you embark. If you live in or around Ventura, CA, come by and see us! We’ll make sure you’re all set for your trip!