As we enter the month of July, there’s no denying that we are in the midst of those coveted “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” This is the time of year that is the favorite of many and for very plenty of good reasons. Summer is the season to take full advantage of the great outdoors, to enjoy countless hours of warm and pleasant temperatures, and to find that ideal spot on the beach where you can soak up some rays. It’s images like these that even keep one warm in the cold winter months every year!

But another highlight of the summer months that can’t be forgotten is the coveted summer road trip. It almost has a mystical reputation, doesn’t it? What a romantic thought to consider a long stretch of road ahead of you on a hot summer day, where the only thing to keep you company is your family and your favorite playlist.
But before you start packing up the car and planning what stops you’ll make along the journey, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you reach your destination as safely as possible. The biggest thing you mustn't forget before beginning your adventure is scheduling a tune-up for your car.

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Here are a few of our favorite summer tune-up tips to get your car in perfect shape for your upcoming road trip:

Check the Tire Pressure
If your tires aren’t inflated to the recommended pressure listed in the owner's manual, you may encounter problems with the tires along the road. Prevent blowouts by checking the tire pressure regularly before any long, upcoming car rides.

Purchase a Sunshade
Frequently parking your car in direct sunlight will not only cause your car’s interior to drastically heat up, but it will also damage the dashboard and upholstery. Using a sunshade will ensure you protect your car’s interior and will considerably lengthen its lifespan.


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Scrub the Battery
Keeping your battery healthy during a long, hot drive will require you to sprinkle baking soda onto the battery terminals. Once that happens, lightly spray it with water. Let the mixture sit for about an hour before wiping it off with a wet sponge. 

A summer road trip is as big of a staple of the season as getting a suntan on the beach. It would be a mistake to let the season pass you by without taking the road trip you’ve always dreamed of. So go on; plan your getaway now!
Don’t forget to schedule your vehicle’s tune-up before you hit the road at Ormsby Motors. Schedule your appointment by calling 815-459-4566 or visit us in person at 50 N Main Street in the heart of Crystal Lake.