Summer Road Trip Car Care Tips

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than taking a road trip with friends and family! Pack your bags and drive to your perfect getaway, but first, have you considered if your car can handle the trip? Many vacationers who use their car for road trips fail to prepare their car for the drive. Here are some hot tips to keep in mind for your summer ride!

Engine

Summer brings in the heat that we can’t seem to bare, neither can your car. The combination of hot temperatures and your coolant levels can cause a disaster. Especially if you are driving in the middle of nowhere. Low coolant levels increase the risk of your engine overheating and your A/C working double-time.

Check your coolant level yourself or at an auto shop and top it off if it is too low. If you are completely empty, make sure you don’t have any leaks.

If you are on the road, check your temperature gauge from time to time, check for any warning lights, and most noticeable, steam coming from the hood of your car. If any of these things happen, safely pull over and turn off your engine. Give your engine 30 minutes to cool down before opening your hood. Add coolant if needed. If you are all out of coolant, better call a tow truck.

Also, be sure to get a proper oil change before your trip!

Tires

During the hot summer months, tires are more prone to blowouts. You should make sure to check your tires at a gas station or an auto shop. Under-inflated tires, lack of air pressure, puts your tires’ components under greater strain, putting you at a higher risk of a blowout. Over-inflated tires could put you at risk of hydroplaning if you get stuck in rain during your trip.

Be sure to check the tread on all your tires. A simple hack to this is taking one penny. Make sure Lincoln’s heads-side is facing you and his head is downward. Place him into your tire groove, if you can see the top of his head, it is likely you need new tires.

If you are planning a big summer trip in advance, be sure to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles

Interior and Exterior

The blazing sun without a doubt is getting you to put on some long sleeves during the ride and sunglasses. But what about your car? Too much UV rays can damage your dashboard, interior, and exterior paint. Before taking your car on a trip, wash and wax your car with a UV protecting polish to reduce sun damage and paint fading.

If your road trip requires numerous stops, try to park in a shaded area to protect your interior and exterior. It is suggested to also have a windshield cover to protect your interior and keep the car cool.

Steering wheel too hot to touch? Next time, turn your wheel 180 degrees before getting out so when you come back in, rotate your wheel back and you will have the hot spots at the bottom now!

With these summer tips, you should be able to enjoy your summer road trip with no worries. Do you find yourself needing that summer road trip car for your family? Swapalease.com is the largest online lease transfer marketplace. The online marketplace has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW.

Driver Safety Tips For Crazy Weather

Summer is here and for some states, it is as hot and bright out as ever! But some states are experiencing heavy rain. Dangerous conditions on the road can lead to dangerous accidents, but by following some tips while driving through crazy weather, you can reach your destination more safely. Here are some driver safety tips while driving in the rain and why not throw in some snow tips as well!

Driving In The Rain

  • Driving through heavy rain can be nerve-racking. Take your time and try not to rush to your destination. Driving too fast can cause you to lose control and hydroplane, especially if you hit an oil spill.
  • Be sure to not tailgate! Tailgating is often the cause of rear-end accidents and through the rain, it is harder to stop as quickly as if the roads were dry. Keep your distance.Even if it is bright as it can be outside. Because rain impairs the vision of many drivers, having your headlights on and rear lights on helps drivers see you more easily, especially in heavy rain where visibility is almost non-existent.
  • Even if it is bright as it can be outside, have your lights on in the rain. Because rain impairs the vision of many drivers, having your headlights on and rear lights on helps drivers see you more easily, especially in heavy rain where visibility is almost non-existent.

Driving In The Snow

  • Like driving through the rain, you also have the chance of sliding in snow or ice patches on the road. Drive slow and keep a good ten-second distant from cars. Cars tend to react more slowly in the snow so be sure to keep a steady pace. When you are coming up to a stop light, turn, and hills, keep the steady pace and do not rush. Slow down and safely stop when needed.
  • Be sure to check your tires. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, which can lead to a blowout or a flat tire while on the road.
  • Check your tailpipe! Because of how heavy snow can fall and build on the ground, it can get inside your tailpipe and get stuck. Compacted snow in your tailpipe can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in the car. So before you go anywhere, check and clear out your tailpipe.

Remember, do regular checkups on your car’s maintenance to ensure that no matter what weather condition you are driving through, you will get there safely. If you need to upgrade your ride, check out the selection on Swapalease.com

Swapalease.com is the largest online lease transfer marketplace and has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW

Heads Up! Display That Opens Apps on Your Windshield

For years, auto manufacturers have grappled with ways to make using your phone while driving easier while maintaining proper driving safety. Technology giants such as Google and Apple have come up with systems, Android Auto and CarPlay, to enable using their respective software in certain car makes and models. Navdy, a company based in San Francisco, has come up with a way for the majority of the population to have interactive interfaces in their automobiles.

Navdy is in the process of manufacturing heads-up displays, or HUDS, that allow anyone with a car made after 1996 to use, according to a report in The Verge. This display interacts with your phone’s apps and allows them to be projected onto the car’s windshield. Instead of having to take your eyes off the road to answer a call, text or look at what your next turn is, the display will recognize gestures and react accordingly.

This technology is also a great example why people are looking to change cars more frequently. Rather than stay in the same car for six or seven years, drivers today want to change their cars as often as they change technology such as their smartphones. Swapalease.com helps facilitate this automotive desire.

Now you’re probably thinking, my car doesn’t have a touchscreen display and I won’t be able to use this technology when it becomes available. The good news is this technology will be accessible to anyone, not just an elite few. However, you don’t have to wait until Navdy’s HUD hits the market to drive in style.

Swapalease.com has the exact car, with the right amenities you are looking for. The largest online car lease marketplace allows you take over a lease of the car you want to drive. Serving as a sort of matchmaking site for automobiles, Swapalease.com matches individuals wanting to exit their lease with someone wanting to take it over.

The online marketplace has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, contact Swapalease.com at 866-SWAPNOW.

No Steering Wheel, No Pedals, No Problem

Futuristic cars aren’t something out of a scene from “Back to the Future”. In the very near future, we could all be driving around in automated, electric cars with no steering wheels or pedals of any sort. Google has been building and testing driver-less cars at its California plant for the last four years. The electric powered vehicles only have two buttons: a red “e-stop” button, in cases of emergency, and a start button.

Google has come up with a way to take humans out of the equation. The car can be summoned by an application on your smart phone, can see about 600 feet in all directions, and has a range of roughly 100 miles. Possible future plans to use these automated vehicles will be to replace taxis in places like Manhattan. Why spend $5 per mile on cab fare when you can spend $0.50 per mile to go the same distance in half the time?

Though these cars won’t be made available to the public for some time, some day we may want to transfer in and out of our driverless cars, simply because we want something different. Like the leasing market for traditional cars, there will eventually be a lease transfer market for driverless cars.

Why be held captive by your current lease? Swapalease.com is a different kind of online automotive marketplace matching individuals looking to transfer out of a lease with individuals looking to take over a lease. The process is seamless and simple. So what are you waiting for?

For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, contact Swapalease.com at 866-SWAPNOW.

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