For those of us living on the Monterey Peninsula, it’s sometimes easy to forget how hot it can get during Summer. While we live in the overcast world of “June Gloom”, thousands of visitors from the Central Valley, Texas, and other hot climates are flocking to our cool peninsula.
If you are planning a Summer road trip to an area within California or the United States that has temperatures in the 100s, here are four tips to prepare your vehicle for the extreme heat:
- Park in the shade when possible. This will keep your car cooler -- both inside the car and within the engine compartment. Extreme heat will make your battery lose power faster, so do your best to keep your car cool.
- Protect your engine from overheating. Make certain your engine has fresh, clean oil, the fluids are topped off, the belts and hoses are in good condition, and that any worn parts have been replaced. Protecting your engine before you hit the road will reduce your vehicle’s risk of an inconvenient breakdown.
- Are your tires ready for extreme heat? Make sure your tires are in good shape. When the rubber hits the road and that road is burning hot, your tires need to have plenty of tread. Additionally, make sure your tires are not under or over inflated, as that could produce a slew of problems from a flat to a blown out tire.
- Keep your passengers cool by servicing your air conditioning system. Here on the Monterey Peninsula, we rarely have to use our A/C. However, a properly functioning climate control system within a vehicle is a must have for hotter areas of the country. Don’t be caught with a broken A/C system, and never, ever, ever leave your children and pets in an unattended vehicle during the Summer heat.
Lucky for you, Robert's Collision & Repair is offering a $99 Air Conditioning System Check special that expires 7/31/15 and some restrictions apply. To take advantage of this offer, schedule an appointment online. Please be sure to mention this $99 Air Conditioning System Check offer when you contact us.
Need help preparing your vehicle for your upcoming road trip? Contact Robert’s Collision & Repair at 831-373-1534 and we will be happy to schedule a maintenance appointment. We are conveniently located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, California, just off Highway 1 and the Pacific Grove Del Monte Avenue exit as you’re driving into Monterey. See you soon!