Summer is here in Colorado, and the barbecues, camping, baseball games, hot weather, family vacations and summer road trips that come with it. Before you take to the road this summer, make sure your car is in good shape to deal with the summer heat.

Here are five easy things that you can do to save the time, money, and frustration caused by a breakdown on your road trip this summer. Consider taking your car to a Colorado auto repair expert that offers a free, comprehensive inspection. A little bit of preventative maintenance can keep your vacation running smoothly.

Make Sure Your Air Conditioning is Working

The last thing you want on your summer vacation is to be without air conditioning, particularly if your driving for several hours. Check and make sure that your air conditioner is running properly and cooling your vehicle, and check belts and hoses. Take your car to an experienced Colorado auto air conditioning service if necessary.

Get an Oil-Change

Driving long distances in hot weather puts extra pressure on your oil and filter. Have them changed at an Colorado oil change service before you leave on your trip. Changing the engine oil and filter regularly is the single most important maintenance service for your car, truck or SUV.

Have Your Brakes Checked

Have your break pads and shoes inspected. A lot of driving, particularly if your driving in the mountains, can put pressure on your brakes. An Colorado brake repair expert can make sure your brake pads and shoes, brake fluid, and other brake components are running smoothly before you leave on your road trip this summer.

Inspect Your Batteries and Battery Cables

Inspect batteries and battery cables for corrosion. Hot weather can shorten a battery’s life, so have it tested before you leave. Take your car to a Colorado auto battery expert to check the condition of the battery, as well as the cables, casing, and other hardware critical to proper battery function. It’s a lot easier to replace a dying battery before a trip than replace a dead one on the side of the road this summer.

Check Your Tires

Check the pressure in all of your tires, including your spare tire (you may be glad you did!), and look for signs of uneven or excessive tread-wear. It may be time for tire rotation or replacement. Having tires that are in good condition is extremely important. Driving long distances at higher speeds on tires in bad condition can damage other parts of your car, truck, or SUV, and (needless to say) a flat tire on your vacation is very deflating.