Summer travel tips: Stay safe when the heat’s on

Summer time is fun time for families around Hicksville, OH and beyond. It’s your opportunity to head out on the road to visit family and friends, go camping, go boating or go explore your family’s own unique style of adventure. At Jim Schmidt Chevrolet Buick, we love seeing our customers make the most of summer. That’s why we offer summer service tips that can help you stay safe wherever your travels may take you.

Let us check your tires for proper inflation

Most passenger cars have a recommended tire pressure in the neighborhood of 32 psi to 35 psi when those tires are cold. It’s a good idea to check that pressure when your tires are cold because the state of your tires will change as you drive. When you’re rolling down the highway, the friction between the road and your tires creates heat and that can significantly raise the temperature and the air pressure in your tires.

We can examine the condition of your tires

We suggest you allow us to check your tires for safety, especially when you’re about to take an extended road trip. We’ll check closely to see how your tread is doing. The tread should be 2/32 of an inch or more on all four tires. Many tires today have a built-in wear indicator bar that tells you when it’s time to replace your tires. If we discover uneven tire tread wear, you might need a tire rotation or alignment before you travel.

We have a great variety of tires in stock

If your tires are getting near the point of replacement, we strongly recommend you take that step before taking the family on a long road trip. Your tires are the only thing between your family and the highway so it’s crucial that you make sure the best possible rubber meets the road. Be sure to look for our online service and parts specials that can include savings on outstanding tires from brands like Goodyear, Firestone and Hankook.

If your brakes are talking, be sure to listen

Your brakes are one of the few components on your car, truck or SUV that can tell you when they need attention. If you hear a squeaking or grinding sound, that’s usually a strong indication that brake pads are wearing out. See us at the first sign of worn-out pads and we might be able to replace them early enough to avoid having to also replace your more expensive rotors. Brakes, of course, are a vital safety element.

We can check your AC and your cooling system

If you’re traveling in one of the many parts of the country that heat up a lot during the summer, the last thing you want is to have an air conditioning system that isn’t blowing cold air. Traveling without proper air conditioning can even be a risk to the health of your family, especially if you’re traveling with very young children or more elderly family members. Just ask us to check your AC so we can charge it or whatever is needed to assure cold air flow.

Belts, hoses and fluid levels: Essential for safe driving

Belts and hoses can wear out without giving you much of a warning. If that happens, you could be stranded in a car that won’t even start. Have us check your belts and hoses while we also make sure all your important fluid levels are topped off. For a complete pre-travel summer safety checkup, schedule service now at Jim Schmidt Chevrolet Buick in Hicksville, OH.

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