Getting Your Car Summer Vacation Ready

Car maintenance man putting oil into car engine

Car Maintenance Tips

Summer is fast approaching, which means many of us will be driving out of town. You might have waited a long time for this vacation, or maybe it’s a spur of the moment trip. Whatever the case, it is important to keep your car in top shape to be fully prepared for any summer road trip you take. Below, we have listed 5 car maintenance tasks that any auto body repair shop can check out before your vacation.

Check Your Oil

Oil is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle because it makes sure the engine’s parts run clean and smooth. Use the dipstick that is in the engine’s oil tube to measure how much is in the vehicle. If you are running low, you need to have it changed ASAP. If you plan on doing this yourself, be sure to check the owner’s manual to see how often you need to and what type of oil to use. If you don’t know how or are uncomfortable, any auto body repair shop will happily replace your oil.

Brakes and Tires

Probably the most important safety feature for any long road trip, and just overall everyday driving. It is important that you make sure your brakes are properly working and that your tires aren’t worn down from everyday use. Have them checked, serviced, or replaced if the pads and rotors are worn out. 

Overheating Engine

As the weather becomes hotter during the summer, your engine will have to work harder to keep itself cool. That is why it is imperative for any car owner to add more coolant into the system to prevent their vehicle from overheating. For cars that consistently overheat despite having enough coolant and a functioning thermostat, they should bring it into an auto body repair shop to inspect and service it.

Air Conditioning

Much like an overheating engine, the hotter the weather becomes the more you’ll need to be cool and comfortable while driving. In most cases, the Freon in your air conditioner will not need to be recharged too often. However, if the cabin temperature fails to maintain a consistent temperature below 10c then it is important to have it checked out by an experienced mechanic. You don’t want to take any summer road trip without a working air conditioner.

Battery Replacement

One stressful situation people find themselves in is not being able to start their car. However, on vacation, the situation becomes even direr due to possibly being in the middle of nowhere and not having anybody to help you out. That is why car owners should have their battery tested to make sure there will be enough juice to start the engine. In the case that something like this does happen, it is important to have jumper cables handy for the situation.

In order to avoid any major repairs and have some peace of mind, it’s crucial to keep up with the car’s routine maintenance. At Ric’s Body & Paint, we have experienced technicians who will inspect your car to make sure it is summer road-trip ready. Visit our website for more information on our services and to contact us to let us know how we can help you! 

Teen Driving Habits to Avoid Vehicle Collisions

Young man with silly face behind the wheel of a car

It is every teenager’s dream come true when they’re finally able to drive themselves to their favorite places. However, the excitement of this newfound freedom can be interrupted by a vehicle collision due to unsafe driving habits. This is why parents must find the time to discuss and teach their kids good driving habits that will lower their chances of getting into an accident.

Limit Cell Phone Usage on the Road

There’s no question that teens love their phones, therefore parents must set a zero-tolerance policy for using a cell phone while driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driving habits a person can do, it’s just as unsafe as drinking and driving.  

Some ways to prevent your teen from using their phone while driving include turning it off completely while they’re behind the wheel or putting it inside the car’s glove box so it’s out of sight and out of mind.

Practice in Different Driving Conditions

By teaching your kids to drive in different conditions, they will gain a certain level of experience that will be necessary for their everyday lives. Don’t be afraid to put them behind the wheel in a rainy, snowy, or night-time setting. They need to be ready for any situation and it’s your job to guide them through these obstacles as they learn. By gaining experience in these conditions, they will become more confident when they occur, which will reduce the chance of any sort of vehicle collision.

Limit Passengers

We all know teens like to hang out with their friends, and if they’re one of the older ones in the group, people will likely use them for rides. In order to limit the driver’s distractions, the parent should not let their teen drive more than one friend around at a time for the first six months. This will help them focus on gaining driving experience and allows them to be cautious of their surroundings.

Respect the Law

One of the most important aspects of learning to drive is being aware of the laws of the road. These rules are put into place to keep everyone on the road safe. Everyone must wear their seat belts, always leave extra space between you and the car in front of yours, don’t drink and drive, and obey the speed limits.

At Ric’s Body & Paint, we understand some things are out of the driver’s hands. Our team can help repair any mild to severe vehicle collision damage to get your teen back on the road.
We offer free estimates to examine the vehicle and provide a detailed assessment of the damage and its cost to repair. Visit our website to check out the services we offer or contact us today!