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Traveling during the summer offers a way to explore the state you live in, or the country, at a time when the sun is brightly shining and the weather is warm. There are a few things that you might notice could go wrong more in the summer months with the car than in other times of the year. If you make plans before getting on the road, you can easily adjust your travels to deal with these potential catastrophes instead of letting them eat through your wallet.
Before the weather turns warm, you need to check the air conditioning system in the car. You don't want to be on the road in 90-degree weather only to find that the only source of air in the car is when the windows are down. Check everything from the fuses to the blower motor to ensure that the system is working properly. If you notice any fluid leaks or any issues with cold air not circulating when the system is on, it's best to get the problems fixed as soon as you can.
As more people get out on the road in the summer, there will be an increase in the risk of a small rock or other debris making contact with the windshield of the car. There is even an increase in the risk associated with debris left over from the winter months hitting your windshield or other windows on the vehicle. As soon as you see a chip or a crack, you need to slow the spread of the break until it's fixed. Auto glass repair should always be left in the hands of a professional, like the Martin Glass Co. or a different service that you recognize from your area. There are even some companies that can come to your home to replace your windshield without you leaving the driveway.
Examine the tread on the tires. If you don't see at least a small gap in the divisions of the tread or if the tires feel slick, then you need to think about replacing them. Your tires need to have the proper amount of air in them for the summer months as the air inside will expand a bit faster in warm air than in the colder months.
Hot weather is a strain on the battery and the alternator. Take your car to an automotive store to get the electrical components checked to see that they are charging and staying charged before you get on the road. The battery is usually the first thing to go, so if you see that it's a few years old, then you might want to go ahead and replace it while you can.
Your car is just like you would be in the summer months. It can get hot and overheat, and it might not run properly. Look around the exterior of the car, and pay attention to what the car is telling you while you're driving so that you aren't stranded in the heat.