From vacation road trips to regular work commutes, Floridians are no strangers to the invasive summer heat that requires one to crank up the car’s air conditioning.


But whether your usual strategy is to seek out shady parking spaces or invest in a protective sunscreen to tuck into your front windshield, it’s important to know that you can — and should — take it a step further.


Here’s what you need to know about readying your car for the Florida summer… 


High Heat, High Stress


When it comes time for the sweltering summer to return, you won’t be the only one who begins to feel fatigued as a result of the heat. Rather, the rising temperatures are bound to take a toll on your vehicle, thereby impacting everything from your engine to your tires and fluids.


For example, increased heat can drain your car’s battery faster, as well as cause your tires to blow out if they are under-inflated in addition to being overheated. Thus, it’s imperative that you check on your car’s coolant by the time spring has reached its end, as well as your engine fluids, as they can also act as coolants when kept at appropriate levels.


“Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically, as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer,” the American Automobile Association (AAA) explains. “Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level by checking the overflow reservoir. If necessary, top off the reservoir with a 50/50 mix of water and the coolant type specified by the vehicle manufacturer.”


Rainy Days, Rainy Roads


Though Floridians are lucky in that they don’t have to bear the brunt of snowy winters and frozen roads, the Sunshine State is still notorious for its consistently stormy summers. And where there’s rain combined with oil-slicked roads, there’s bound to be difficulty in maintaining control of one’s vehicle.


For example, according to Consumer Reports, cars are shown to require longer stopping distances in wet conditions, particularly as the tire’s tread depth is worn away. In this case, “water depth, surface conditions, and other factors” will all play a role in how safely one can come to a quick stop.


Thus, rotating or replacing one’s tires — in addition to checking up on the brakes — is a summer safety measure that could potentially save lives. Specifically, here at Subaru of Jacksonville, we recommend rotating your tires every 7,500 miles on average.


So Prepared with SOJAX


In all, those of us who live and work in Florida year-round are intimately familiar with the stressors of our state’s summer season — which means we’re just as familiar with all of the solutions that will help you stay safe and road-ready.


That’s why Subaru of Jacksonville is ready and equipped to help you prepare your car for the summer. Not only do we offer a variety of new and certified pre-owned vehicles that offer you more value and peace of mind, but we also carry the largest inventory of Subaru auto parts and accessories in Jacksonville, thereby enhancing your safety and comfort in any season!


And this year? We’re more ready than ever to get you ready for the season with our Beat the Heat A/C Special!

SOJAX is now offering a seasonal service special wherein customers can get a full visual inspection of their system, a vent temperature test, charging of their system with freon and dye to the proper levels, and even installation of a cabin air filter. How’s that for being cool for the summer?


If you’re ready to learn more about how you can beat the summer heat with Subaru of Jacksonville, then contact us today by calling 904-641-6455!

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