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According to a 2019 AAA travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation this year, and half of those families expect to pack up their cars for a road trip. With driving demand at an all-time high during the peak driving season months of May through August, there are a few pre-road trip tips to keep in mind, especially for diesel vehicles, when gearing up for summer travel.
Whether you’re hauling your boat to the nearest lake or driving cross-country for college orientation, it’s important to take the right steps to ensure the diesel vehicle working hard to get you there is ready.
As we move from the cold winter months to warm summer months, diesel vehicle drivers should add an appropriate antifreeze and water mix into their diesel engine’s coolant system. A 50/50 prediluted antifreeze and coolant mix is ideal to prepare for summer driving, allowing for good heat transfer, or cooling, in the engine especially if you’re towing a boat, a trailer or any number of heavy hauls in the hot summer months.
Using a prediluted antifreeze and coolant mix will help ensure you’re not accidentally concentrating one over the other, as too much antifreeze won’t deliver a good heat transfer and too much water could cause coolant system problems. Talk to your mechanic or refer to your vehicle owner’s manual about the correct amount for your vehicle.