You know that summers here in Alabama can get pretty sticky – it’s important to make sure your car’s up to the rigors of summer driving! Here’s a quick breakdown of things you’ll want to check over:
Cooling system maintenance: Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. It helps act as a heat sink and dissipate the normal heat of operation, and it also contains anticorrosion agents that prevent scale from building up in the radiator and heater core’s tiny passages. It can still become contaminated, though, which is why it should be flushed at regular intervals. If you’re not sure how long your coolant has been in the radiator, it’s a simple matter to check its specific gravity using a hygrome ...[more]
There are a whole lot of choices when it comes to tires, but most drivers opt for all-season tires. There are, of course, plenty of reasons why they’re so popular!
All-season tires are really the best choice for most drivers in Alabama. They don’t perform well in more than about a ½” of snow, but that’s seldom a concern for us in our part of the world anyway. All-season tires are designed for traction on wet or dry pavement and have a reputation for performing well in rain. Their tread pattern is designed to evacuate water away from the tire’s contact patch so there’s always a solid footprint that’s connected to the pavement, helping to avoid hydroplaning.
All-season tires are available at all price points and all s ...[more]