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5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Summer Travel
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5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Summer Travel #CooperTire
Let's face it, we put a ton of wear and tear on our cars. The majority of the wear and tear on our cars seems to happen in the summer because we take so many road trips. In fact, this summer, we will be on the road for 6 weeks total. Isn't that crazy? That is pretty much half the summer. One of the things that really is an afterthought for me is car maintenance. I put gas in my car (unless my husband does it) and that is pretty much it. When the light comes on tell me I need to change my oil, I go and do exactly that. I am one of those people who is very reactive when it comes to car ownership. This year, I decided to be proactive and get both of our cars ready for the summer. First, my car needed new tires so we had four (4) Cooper Tires put on a few weeks ago. Did you know that choosing a great tire matters? Did you know that your tires should be checked at least once a month? Checking your tires for proper maintenance and safety is a simple, do-it-yourself routine that will get you road ready. As the only part of your vehicle connecting it to the road, checking them monthly and before road trips is recommended. Here are our 5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Summer Travel.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Summer Travel
1. Get the oil changed.
Make certain that in addition to the oil change, all of your regular maintenance is done as well (I.e. refill the windshield wiper fluid, water in the car, etc.)
2. Clean and organize the inside.
I have to do this several times each year. The biggest cleaning happens right after school is out for the summer and before we travel. I am always amazed at how much school stuff is in my car when I clean it out. I find everything from lost library books to clothes that we could never find in the house. I also take this time to organize everything in my car and I check my supplies like: first aid, DVD's, mints, emergency equipment and more.
3. Check your tread with a US Penny.
Did you know that proper tread depth helps tires maintain traction and improves handling? When using the penny, know that the tread on your tires should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. The way you can check is if the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible at any point, it is time to replace the tire.
4. Learn how to check the air pressure in your tires and check it regularly.
Did you know that under inflation of your tires can lead to tire failure, irregular tread wear, and increased vehicle fuel consumption? Checking tire pressure regularly can save you money in the long run. Tire pressure can also change due to the weather so checking pressure when the seasons change is very important. Tire pressure plays a crucial role to the handling of your vehicle. Tire pressure is also not something that can be visibly assessed and it is important to note that the proper pressure is not on the sidewall of your tire, but rather in your owner's manual or on your car doorjamb. Under inflated tires can reduce the life of your tires by 9,000 miles and can increase your fuel consumption by 4%. Protect those valve caps as well as they not only keep dirt and moisture out, they also hold air in your tires so make certain that every tire has a cap.
5. Get Tire Smart with Cooper Tires.
It's time to get smart with Cooper Tires because they are the best choice for a quality tire at a great price – and from a company you can trust. Tires are so important in any month, because we spend so much time on the road. With three kids, two dogs, and two adults, I need to make certain that all of the precious cargo in the car is well taken care of and I can do this by caring for my car.
Get Tire Smart with Cooper Tires
Did you know that only 17% of drivers are considered “tire smart?” At Cooper Tires, they talk tires every day and they want everyone to know how much your tires truly matter. From tread compound to sidewall design from carcass construction to performance metrics and fitments, tires play a crucial role for your car with regards to safety on the road and overall vehicle performance. The Cooper Tires experts offer more than a century of experience in designing and manufacturing tires. Properly caring for your tires is absolutely an essential part of automobile ownership. Cooper Tires wants you to know that your car tires matter and that you can protect yourself on your next road trip by following a few simple tips. Happy travels!