Tips To Get Your Vehicle Summer-Ready
By:     -   June 10, 2017   -   Lifestyle  -  Travel   -   Comments are closed   -   570 Views

Sylvania Auto provided a set of auto headlights for review. All opinions are my own.

The height of every season is the perfect time to get your vehicles inspected through routine maintenance. With Summer officially upon us, the lingering effects of this past Winter, the nerve-wrecking stop and go traffic, as well as the transition from Spring can surely take a toll on any vehicle.

The key to avoiding mechanical failures while on-the-go is to stay proactive and ahead of the game!

Here are some routine areas of your vehicle you should be checking consistently. Note, some of these can be looked at on your own, and others may require professional help.

  • Oil + Engine

    This is a biggie. Oil (and the filters) should be changed about every 3,000 miles. Try not to wait too long in between changes as it can lead to much larger motor issues down the line.

  • Tires

    Checking your tires and the tire pressure is important year-round, but even more in the Winter months. Sure, tires are expensive, but your safety is important and you will want your tires to have traction and wheels rotated aligned every 5,000 miles. Check your tire pressure every so often according to your car manufacturer’s settings. Last, but certainly not least, do you have a working spare tire?

  • Lights

    Check your headlights and brake lights to ensure that all are in working condition. This is something that can be either done in shop or at home. My husband recently installed the Sylvania SilverStar Ultra Auto headlights in my mini-SUV, and they are still shining brightly.


    During a routine inspection, we noticed that one of the lights was completely out, while the other was dimming – yikes! In doing so, we also made sure that the surfaces were clear of dust, insects, etc. using a damp washcloth. Quick and easy fix!

  • Windshield Wipers

    Working windshield wipers, in addition to wiper fluid is an absolute must. Poorly functioning wipers and a dirty windshield can pose a safety risk.

  • Air Conditioning + Heat + Cooling System

    Check in with your mechanic prior to the season changes to ensure the air and heating systems are in working order and the filters are clean. Another important area to consider is the overall cooling system. Have the mechanic check to see if your vehicle is at risk of overheating. The cooling system is usually recommended for flushing every 2 years. The coolant, consisting of a 5-/50 mixture of antifreeze and water is highly recommended. NOTE: If you intend to DIY, NEVER remove the radiator cap before the engine has completely cooled. However, please have the drive belts, hoses and clamps professionally assessed.


    Brakes should be inspected according to your manufacturer’s recommendation, as well as if you notice any strange noises when you break or a slower stopping time. Have them checked as soon as you notice a problem,

  • Battery

    Those pesky batteries! They can fail all throughout the year, without warning. A professional mechanic or auto store can check the strength of your battery life using special equipment.

  • Emergency Assistance

    In addition to making sure you keep your own tools handy in your vehicle (i.e., spare tire, jumper cables, etc.), consider incorporated another layer of protection in enrolling in roadside assistance with your car insurance company.