Now that summer has begun, there’s no time like the present to get your vehicle ready for the new driving season. Whether you to plan drive long distances or stay local this summer, being prepared for the hot, and sometimes wet, weather on the road is essential for safe and seamless travel. Here are five do-it-yourself tips to help get your vehicle ready for the summer (and save you the cost of getting them done by a professional).

1. Replace Your Air Filter

Air-FilterIt is commonly recommended that you replace your car’s air filter every 15,000 miles. If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, be sure to take a couple of minutes out of your day to replace it – it doesn’t take long. 


2. Check Your Coolant Level


Hot summer temperatures can be rough on cooling systems. To avoid having your car overheat and break down, check under your car’s hood to make sure there’s enough antifreeze in the coolant reservoir.



 3. Check Your Engine Hose


Your engine’s hoses helps pump coolant to and from the engine block. A damaged hose will prevent the coolant’s flow. Inspect your hoses for cracks, leaks, loose connections, and any other damages.



4. Change Your Wiper Blades


The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recommends that blades be changed annually, but many go several years without replacing their blades. Changing wiper blades is simple and fairly cheap (usually between $10 and $20). Check your owner’s manual or the in-store sizing guide to be sure you get the right blades.

5. Check Your Spare Tire


Having a flat tire and flat spare tire will likely leave you with one option, calling a tow truck. To avoid dishing out a lot of money to a towing company, buy a tire pressure gauge (around $10) and check the pressure in your spare. Check your owner’s manual or the side of the tire to see what the inflation pressure should be.