Car care tips for safe sum­mer driv­ing

The Saline Courier Weekend - - COURIER CLASSIFIED­S | BUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY - Cour­tesy of Fam­ily Fea­tures

Sun may be shin­ing and sum­mer breezes blow­ing, but be­fore you put those win­dows down and set­tle in for a leisurely drive to soak up that fresh air, your car needs some fresh­en­ing of its own.

Reg­u­lar car care helps en­sure that your ve­hi­cle looks and runs its best, and tim­ing your car care to the sea­sons can help en­sure all of your equip­ment is in top con­di­tion to pro­tect your safety.

En­sure you and your car are well-pro­tected and ready for sum­mer with this car care check­list.

Give your car a checkup

An all-over main­te­nance checkup is a good start­ing point to get a pulse on your car’s con­di­tion. A multi-point in­spec­tion can help alert you to signs of wear or dam­age on parts such as your belts, which can weaken as a re­sult of colder weather, and your brakes, which are crit­i­cal for safe driv­ing.

Your en­gine re­lies on clean oil for smooth op­er­a­tion, so if it’s time for a change (usu­ally ev­ery 3,000 to 5,000 miles, de­pend­ing on man­u­fac­turer rec­om­men­da­tions) you can sched­ule a change to co­in­cide with your ser­vice ap­point­ment.

Check your trac­tion

Your tires are another of your car’s es­sen­tial safety fea­tures. Ex­cess or un­even tire wear can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous in wet and slick road con­di­tions. If your tires can’t get ad­e­quate trac­tion, you may find your­self hy­droplan­ing or los­ing con­trol. What’s more, tires are an ex­pen­sive in­vest­ment, so be­fore em­bark­ing on your next road trip, make sure your tires are prop­erly in­flated, bal­anced and ro­tated. This can help en­sure you get the most mileage out of your tires be­fore need­ing to re­place them.

Show your shine

Sound op­er­a­tions aside, you’ll get more en­joy­ment out of your car when it looks as great as it runs. A thor­ough clean­ing of the ex­te­rior af­ter the harsh win­ter and rainy spring months helps whisk away any dam­ag­ing sub­stances, such as the salt used to melt ice and snow, and any residue left be­hind by spring show­ers.

Pro­tect and pre­serve your ve­hi­cle with prod­ucts, such as Barrett-jack­son

Auto Care’s full line of in­te­rior and ex­te­rior prod­ucts. Liq­uid Wax, a sig­na­ture prod­uct in the line, is spe­cially de­signed with Car­nauba wax to achieve a long-last­ing, deep shine with no pow­dery residue. Bar­ret­t­jack­son Wash & Wax saves time by lift­ing away dirt and en­hanc­ing shine in one step, while the rapid de­tailer is great for those in be­tween touch ups. For an all-over shine to com­plete the freshly cleaned look, Tire Shine is a quick, no-has­sle way to main­tain sleek, wet-look tires. Make sure to se­lect a tire shine that will not sling off on your car when driv­ing. Find more in­for­ma­tion about these and other prod­ucts de­signed to keep your car look­ing flaw­less at barrett-jack­so­nau­to­care.com.

Once the ex­te­rior is com­plete, turn your at­ten­tion in­side. Pick up any trash or de­bris, vac­uum and wipe down all in­te­rior sur­faces. A mois­tur­iz­ing treat­ment will help clean and con­di­tion leather, pre­vent­ing it from dry­ing out and crack­ing. Also give in­te­rior glass a wipe down for the clear­est vis­i­bil­ity pos­si­ble and be sure to pick an in­te­rior pro­tec­tant that doesn’t leave be­hind a greasy residue to help re­new and pro­tect all in­te­rior sur­faces, in­clud­ing plas­tic, vinyl, rub­ber and trim.

Tips for Driv­ing on Wet Roads

• En­sure your tires have a safe mar­gin of tread.

• Re­place any bulbs, es­pe­cially for brake lights, im­me­di­ately.

• En­sure your head­lights are clean for optimal road vis­i­bil­ity.

• Al­ways use sig­nals to alert other driv­ers of lane changes and turns.

• Slow your speed be­fore turn­ing and avoid brak­ing while mak­ing the turn.

• Avoid abrupt steer­ing changes.

• In­crease your fol­low­ing dis­tance to al­low longer stop­ping time for a sud­den brake.

• If you hy­droplane, do not at­tempt to ac­cel­er­ate your way out or brake. Re­lease pres­sure on the gas pedal and steer your way to safety.

• Never at­tempt to en­ter or cross a road­way cov­ered in wa­ter.

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