Make your Summer Traveling a Breeze: Summer Driving Tips

The summer heat and unexpected breakdowns cause some of the busiest days of the year for emergency roadside assistance calls. For people with disabilites, these unforseen challenges can be an even greater obstacle.

Many individuals don’t realize high temperatures can be harmful to your engine, so we recommend that you follow your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual of your car to try and avoid the unexpected hours on the side of the road. With the right tips and tricks and the help of M.C. Mobility Systems, you can make it through the summer in a breeze.

  • A professional should inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts and hoses. If it’s time, also consider flushing and refilling the cooling system.
  • Change the engine oil and filter according to the service schedule. Check fluids, including coolant, brake, automatic transmission, windshield wiper and power steering.
  • Do you remember the last time you had your air conditioning system inspected? Check the entire system and inspect belts and hoses.
  • Change the air filter. A dirty filter lowers gas mileage and reduces engine performance.
  • Inspect batteries and cables for corrosion, cracks and dirt. It’s a lot easier to replace a battery before a trip than replace a dead one on the side of the road.
  • Check the air pressure of your spare tire.
  • You can improve the car’s performance by rotating the tires.
  • Test the lights to make sure they work. Remember your interior and exterior lights, including turn signals and high beams.
  • Have us inspect your brake pads and linings for wear.
  • Replace wiper blades once a year.
  • Repairs made on the road can be costly, so consider an inspection by a qualified technician before leaving on a trip.

This mobility update has been brought to you by M.C. Mobility Systems. For more information about renting a wheelchair accessible vehicle, visit MCMobilitySystems.com to find the dealership nearest you.

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