Jun 172016
 

Summer is in full swing. If you’re a parent, this means you are probably spending a lot of time in the car heading from one summertime event to the next. Here are a few summer essentials for your car to make sure your summer rolls smoothly on.

summer essentials for your car

Vehicle Must-haves

  • Sun protection. The summer rays from the sun can be brutal. Keep a stash of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats in your car to prevent you and the kids from getting burned.
  • Window shade. Nobody likes climbing into a sweltering car after a hot day in the sun. Use a window shade in your front window to block some of the heat and help your car cool off faster.
  • Water bottles. Keep a stash of reusable water bottles in the car to keep everyone hydrated. Add a few cardboard juice boxes in case you can’t find a water fountain.
  • Heat resistant snacks. Kids seem to be perpetually hungry, especially when they’re running around playing all summer. Keep snacks, such as graham crackers, granola bars (without chocolate), nuts, and other foods that won’t melt in your car.
  • Paper towels. You’re going to need to clean up a spill at some point, so be ready by keeping a roll of paper towels in your car.

What are some of your summer essentials that you keep in your car?

May 062016
 

blown engine - summer car preparations

The summer heat is right around the corner and that means any small problems your car has are likely to get bigger. The last thing you want interrupting your summer vacation is a mechanical problem. By starting your car preparations for summer now, you can reduce the risk of a breakdown. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we have some great tips for summer car preparations.

  • Air Conditioning – The last thing any driver wants is to be stuck in a hot car with no air conditioning. Having your system looked at by a professional could keep you cool all summer long. If you have a newer car, check your owner’s manual to see if you need to change the cabin air filters.
  • Oil – As one of the primary functions of oil is to carry away excess heat produced by the engine, an oil change is highly recommended. Check your owner’s manual to see your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If you plan on taking long trips, an oil change is a good idea.
  • Windshield Wipers – If your wipers survived winter and made it through the heavy spring rains, now might be a good time to replace them. While summer isn’t notorious for harsh storms, getting caught in the rain is the last thing anyone wants. Replace your windshield wipers and stay safe!