Get Your Car Road-Trip Ready for the Summer

Road Trip

(NC) — You’ve got your tunes, you’ve packed snacks and you’ve programmed the GPS. You might be road-trip ready, but after battling the winter weather, is your vehicle?

During the warmer months, we tend to spend more time in our cars. According to Statistics Canada, drivers average 86.7 billion kilometres between July and September, the busiest quarter of the year. So it’s not difficult to see that getting your car ready for these summer conditions is crucial for accident prevention and optimal fuel economy.

“Most of us take steps to prepare our cars for winter, but doing the same for summer driving is just as critical,” said Mauro Convertini, an insurance expert from Aviva Canada. “Before embarking on a road-trip, drivers should take a few moments to make sure their car is ready to roam the summer streets.”

Convertini recommends the following:

Check your tires: Use all-season tires and maintain your tire pressure, as both will improve your vehicle’s fuel economy in warmer weather.

Get rain ready: Replace your windshield wipers, which may be cracked or torn from ice, snow, salt and extreme temperatures.

Check air conditioning: There’s nothing worse than losing your air conditioning on a hot sunny day. You could have an issue if it can’t produce or preserve temperatures that are 10 degrees Celsius below the outside air.

Cool your car: Sitting in traffic on a hot day is tough on your car’s cooling system. Ask your mechanic to check your coolant levels at the start of the season.

Fight salt damage: Replacing a salt-clogged air filter gets you more kilometres per litre.

With these tips in mind, you will be ready for your next road adventure. More information is available from your insurance broker or online at