TIPS FOR DRIVING IN SUMMERS

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The heat is on this June and giving a horrid time not just to us, but to our beloved mode of transport – our cars, too.
But how do we repay the outstanding service meted out by our automobile in the most testing conditions? How do we ensure our cars keep performing smoothly, time and again? Well, if you were worried about how to take care of your car in summers, here are some tips that you can follow to ensure a long drive in any temperature!

Check your car’s brakes
At Chevrolet, safety comes first. Robust brakes set the line of safety while driving a car. This summer, don’t risk by riding around with faulty brakes and keep a check on their functioning and efficiency. Keep a keen eye on your car’s brake performance. Brakes need to be replaced when the lining of your brake pad or brake shoe is worn out past the minimum thickness. A regular inspection of brakes at your car’s authorised workstation goes a long way in ensuring your safety.

Ensure optimum tyre pressure
Due to friction, braking & external heat the air inside the tyres expands – one to two psi for every ten degree rise in temperature. While an under inflated tyre bulges outwards putting undue pressure on the sidewalls of the tyre, an over inflated tyre can inflate furthermore resulting in bursting. So make sure to check tyre inflation pressure more often than regular in summer. Keep an optimum pressure as prescribed in tyre pressure label of your vehicle. Also, having the spare wheel checked for air pressure with the jack in good condition is of great help in case of an emergency.

Check oil and air filter
Keeping a check on the engine oil as it is the lifeline of your car’s engine. It’s all the more important in summers as the engine may overheat due to very low levels. Although there’s no need to do it every time you head out, but going through the exercise before a long trip is recommended. Also, ensure the air filter on your car is clean, as it goes a long way in improving your car’s mileage, engine performance & life.

Check the coolant on your machine
Overheating is the biggest reason your car’s breakdown in summers. In order to keep the machinery cool in the scorching heat, ensures your car’s engine temperature is maintained by checking that the coolant is at an optimum level. Refill it periodically after completely flushing the coolant system as per the schedule given in owner’s manual. It is advisable to keep a watch on the temperature indicator to avoid damage to engine due to overheating. Try checking your coolant level and the entire cooling system before you head out on a long drive. Maintain an ideal 50:50 coolant to water ration or as recommended in the owner’s manual.

Good air conditioning can keep you from being roasted!
Your car is an enclosed metal body and you can very well imagine how metals tend to break new records of heating when kept in the sun for longer times. If you notice your car’s AC not maintaining the temperature inside the car, then it is an indication that the air conditioning is not functioning well. One reason could be a low level of refrigerant, which may require refilling or your car’s having a clogged AC filter which needs cleaning/ replacement. Regular car AC vent cleaning and maintenance by a qualified technician also ensure that your car AC maintains the temperature to keep you cool in the summers.

Wind shield Wipers
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard too. Replace the worn-out blades from time-to-time and also ensure plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Battery to start your car on the slightest ignition
Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Ensure there is no corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces and get all connections re-tightened at an authorized service station. Ensure appropriate levels of electrolyte are maintained in the battery.

Belts & Hoses
Look under the hood and inspect all belts and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber. High summer temperatures accelerate the rate at which rubber belts and hoses degrade. In case they’ve been showing any signs of wear, it’s better to replace right away. Also check all hose connections to make sure they are secure. Contact Chevrolet retailer for assistance.

Apart from the above written rules for a hassle-free driving experience in summers, there are a few more things one ought to keep in mind to avert any trouble. As cars tend to heat way too much in the summers, never leave children or pets alone in your vehicle. Also, make it a point never to leave any inflammable substance in your car in summers to avoid any mishap.
Happy Driving!

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