Now that we have had a little taste of the hot Ontario summer many of us are planning trips to cottages, camping destinations, or are planning road trips to various places across North America.
Summer heat that can cause vehicles to breakdown can also be dangerous to summer drivers and passengers. It is important to take precaution by preparing yourself and your vehicle for hot summer temperatures.
A routine maintenance check-up including an oil change and tire rotation will help to keep your vehicle performing as it should. While your vehicle is in, we will also look at the often overlooked maintenance services including the carbon air filter, air conditioning, coolants, fuel system, power steering, timing belt wear, brake service, among other things. To book a summer maintenance check-up call us at 905-432-1304 or click here to connect with us.
We also recommend customers consider a membership with an automobile assistance program like CAA (http://www.caasco.com/). Membership with an organization like CAA assures 24/7 roadside assistance and regulated price for service. While our customers report an overall positive experience, we can’t provide any guarantees on future service from any roadside assistance program.
Now, on to the summer emergency vehicle kit. If you already have a winter emergency vehicle kit you will have an overlap of items. You can wear a big smile as you pull out the windshield scraper and snow shovel. This will also make room for the summer emergency vehicle kit items.
Items for the Summer Emergency Vehicle Kit:
- Bin – a clear plastic bin is preferred,
- Water – up to one gallon. A reusable BPA free water bottle is ideal as standard plastic bottles can grow very warm inside the vehicle,
- First aid kit,
- Headlamp or flashlight,
- Pocket-knife / multi-tool,
- Phone charger (leave in the container),
- Emergency blanket (if it is reflective it can be used for shade),
- Snacks (energy bars, nuts, and dried fruit keep well in hot conditions),
- Jumper cables,
- Duct tape,
- Tow strap (comes in handy to be towed),
- Solar charger (this is an extra but can come in handy if the vehicle battery dies),
- Rag and gloves.