Prep Your Car for Summer with These Emergency Items

Is your vehicle safely equipped for a breakdown or other roadside emergency? With the change in seasons, now is the perfect time to assess your readiness and stock the items you’ll need to handle summer misfortunes behind the wheel.

Hydration preparation

Make sure you keep your vehicle stocked with plenty of water — especially during the warmer months. That way, you and your passengers won’t run the risk of dehydration if you get stranded on a hot day. Prepare for a summer car emergency by stashing some bottled water in the trunk or buying emergency water pouches for the glove compartment.

Protection from the sun

Take steps now to limit your exposure to the sun if you get stuck on the side of the road. If you have to stay inside the vehicle, sun shades for the windows and windshield are essential. You may also want to consider purchasing a pop-up sun shelter for outside the vehicle. If there’s a first-aid kit in your car (and there should be), make sure it’s stocked with sunscreen.

Other essential emergency tools

Keeping the right tools on hand will make your summer emergency much less stressful. For flats or blowouts, make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and inflated spare tire. A portable charger can keep a dead battery from ruining your day. You should also have warning devices like flares or safety triangles so other drivers can more easily see your stranded vehicle.

Even if you’re prepared for a summer car emergency, keeping up with regular maintenance can help you avoid one altogether. If your vehicle is due for service, contact our service department here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Recent world events have made it more important than ever to keep a clean environment. Frequent drivers may be especially concerned about their cars. To help, these are a few tips for sanitizing your car.

Use disposable gloves

If you think your car needs to be sanitized for the sake of your health, then you ought to wear gloves in the process. Use disposable gloves — not reusable ones — to protect your hands while you pick up trash and apply cleaning chemicals to the surfaces of your car. When you’re done, peel them off your hands — turning them inside out — and immediately wash your hands.

Clean high-touch surfaces

The areas of your car most in need of sanitizing tend to be the ones that you and your passengers touch the most. Focus on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door buttons, audio, and climate controls as well as the infotainment touch screen. Use disinfecting wipes to avoid damaging the electronics, and stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products when cleaning the touch screen, as these can damage its anti-glare coating.

Clean fabrics

Soft surfaces, particularly the carpet, headliner and fabric seats, are very good at absorbing germs. You’ll want to use the cleaning solution that’s appropriate for each of these surfaces, such as upholstery shampoo, leather cleaner or vehicle carpet cleaner. Bleach-free sprays and wipes should also do the trick. If you use a non-leather cleaner for your leather seats, make sure to use a conditioner afterward to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to clean the back of the seats as well. When your second-row passengers cough or sneeze, that’s where it all goes.

Kevin’s Royal Auto hopes these tips for sanitizing your car are helpful during these difficult times!