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INFINITI Summer Car Prep Tips

No matter where you live in the United States, summer's usually a season full of outdoor activities and vacation. Whether taking advantage of summer Fridays, long weekends, or school breaks, chances are you've got plans to get out on the road. If you live near our Winston-Salem location, your options are nearly limitless -- after all, it only take a few hours to drive west to either the Great Smoky Mountains or east to the Outer Banks. Either way, you're set to get some much-needed R&R.

However, you need to make sure that both you and your INFINITI vehicle are prepared for the trip -- and the heat. That's why we've put together this handy list of things to take care of before you hit the road.

Wash (and Wax) Your INFINITI Vehicle

This may seem like a minor task, but it's good to include this in your routine maintenance program. Not only does a regular wash-and-wax program help to keep your exterior fresh looking, but it also keeps the premium paint protected. As a bonus, you can perform regular checks such as checking the tread wear on your tires, noting any exterior accessories that may need replacing, and examining your vehicle's overall appearance with a critical eye. From wiper blades to splash guards, you want everything in good working order before you pull out of your driveway if you want to avoid unwanted issues on your route to your destination.

As part of that exterior car care program, consider investing in a car cover. They come in both exterior and interior types, and they're ideal when it comes to protecting your vehicle from nature's wrath, harmful UV rays, and flying debris. That keeps your body in good condition, your paint pristine, and your resale value high.

Check Your AC System

This almost qualifies for the "that goes without saying" category, but we're saying it anyway. There's nothing worse than having your air conditioning fail during a summer heat wave, since you're forced to roll down the windows and hope that you donÕt hit any red lights or traffic jams on your trip. Checking your AC before summer is the smart move, but you definitely want to make sure it's in great working condition before you leave town. That way you have time to address any problems before you take off, and you can rest assured that a cool breeze is always at hand.

Since you drive a luxury vehicle, you likely have climate-controlled seats. They're great in winter since they help warm you up on even the iciest day. But did you know that you can also use them to cool down on a scorcher of a day, since they'll assist the air blowing from your vents.

Get Sunglasses for Yourself and Sunshades For Your INFINITI

Sure, your SUV or car came with sun visors in place. They're great for blocking some of the sunlight when you're driving. But taking it a step further and adding sunshades is a game-changer. You see, they're like the factory sun visors in that they block light. But they block more of it, while also minimizing the heat build up inside your cabin.

Also known as sunscreens, they can be installed above the doors and windows, or run across the windshield. You might already have one near your sunroof or moonroof. They come in many forms, so you can find one that works best for you and your vehicle with ease -- especially if you're shopping online from the comfort of home. Since they reflect heat, you can pop one in when you find yourself needing a break from the rigors of the road and not worry about opening the door to an oven-temperature interior.

Snacks. Lots of Snacks.

Another checklist item that goes without saying. A summer road trip is a perfect time to stock up on your favorites, though we recommend having a passenger take care of things like shelling boiled peanuts for you while you're driving. Pack them into a cargo organizer, add a cooler stocked with water, sodas, and juices, and you're all set!

Be Summer Smart and Prepare for Road Trips the Right Way

The good news is that you can get most of the items you need to be completely road-ready online, as long as you shop smart. Our online parts store has everything you could need, except for the snacks -- those you'll have to find elsewhere. Feel free to browse around, put together a list of what you want, and contact us if you need any help. We ship all across the country, and fast, so you can be sure you'll get your order in time for your next vacation.