Summer is in full swing, and if you want to keep your trusty vehicle in tip-top shape to help you take advantage of the fine weather, then you’ll want to follow these quick-and-easy summer car care tips:
- Your coolant system is critical. Make sure all your fluid reservoirs are full and fresh. While you’re at it, you may as well get your coolant hoses inspected.
- You’ll probably be blasting the AC quite a bit, so make sure it’s up to par! Check for Freon leaks by looking to see how much refrigerant is left in the system; if it seems low, have a qualified technician check it out. If your AC feels a little weaker than you want it, grab a quick AC recharger from an auto parts or big box-store.
- As temperatures change, your tire pressure will flux. Now is a good time to check your tire pressure and make sure your tire tread isn’t too worn for your upcoming summer road trips.
- Our final summer care tip is one you should adhere to every season: make sure you’re getting your oil changed! Summer heat will get your engine working over-time — don’t leave it out to dry with dirty, cruddy oil.
Any summer service you require can be completed right here in the service department of Nissan of Silsbee. Schedule an appointment today!
Road tripping with the family can be fun, or it can be an anxiety-inducing nightmare. Loading the kids up in the car, where they will be restrained for hours on end, takes a fair amount of planning. Add in the unique needs (and lack of understanding) of a baby, and you’ve got your work cut out for you. Follow these tips for road tripping with a baby to help alleviate stress and make your road trip a positive one.
- Leave early. Most kids function best in the morning, so get going during the hours they tend to be happiest. Leave early enough to miss rush hour, and you’ll save serious (precious) time passing through any big cities.
- Have distractions on hand. Grab some toys that will keep your baby entertained. Age-appropriate toys that they’ve never seen before tend to work best. For your sanity, and the sanity of the rest of the passengers, consider choosing toys that don’t make much noise.
- Pack well. Babies need a lot of Diapers, formula (or milk), clean bottles, an extra set of clothes, wipes, more diapers, more wipes… etc. Make sure you have extra of everything, and make sure it stays accessible.
- Be flexible. Plan to stop regularly for feedings and diaper changes, but prepare to throw that plan out the window. You might need to pull over way ahead of schedule, or you might get a few extra hours out of a sleeping baby. (Did we mention don’t wake the sleeping baby?)
- Plan for an emergency. Don’t get overwhelmed here, but plan to have enough to stop for the night. Also keep jumper cables, water, a blanket, and a cellphone charger in the car.
Check out babble.com for an extensive list of tips for travelling with baby!
Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we want to know what other tips you have for travelling with tiny passengers. Let us know in the comments!