Summer is officially upon us. School is out and many of you are probably planning a family road trip. However, summer’s flurries of dirt and dust, high temperatures, and occasional rain can take a toll on your vehicle.

Here are some summer car care tips every driver should know about.

Maintain your air conditioner

With temperatures going as high as 100 degrees during the summer months, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning to break down during the dog days of summer. Do this before the temperature becomes unbearable. It is much better to find out that your air conditioning needs repair at the start of summer than to experience breakdown during a hot summer day.

Low refrigerant level is one of the most common causes of malfunctioning air conditioner. Oftentimes, this is caused by air conditioning leaks. Be sure to have it checked at the start of summer to ensure that your air conditioner is in tip top shape.

Check your brakes

Your brakes are your car’s most important safety mechanism. Considering that most people go on a road trip during the summer, you want to make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Your brakes should be inspected as recommend in your vehicle’s user manual. Warning signs include chatter, screeching, squealing or excessive grinding.

Replace your air filter

Your air filters are likely to be clogged with salt and road debris during the winter. It is a good idea to replace your air filter this summer. This simple task will benefit your car in more ways than one. It will reduce your car’s emissions, prolong your car’s engine, improve gas mileage, and improve your car’s performance.

Check all your fluids

Check oil and other essential fluids on a regular basis. These liquids are being used and consumed continuously. They play an important role in cooling and lubricating your vehicle.

The summer heat can cause these liquids to evaporate. As such, we highly recommend that you top up your fluids at the start of the summer. Consult your mechanic if you have no idea how much fluid to use or add.