(NC) Summertime is here, which means its time to pack up the car and embark on a cross-country or cross-province drive. However, car troubles can put a damper on your fun. Make sure your car is ready for the road with these four car maintenance tips.

De-winterize your vehicle. Canadians in colder provinces like Alberta know a thing or two about winter conditions, and most of us have put in the time and effort to protect our cars from the cold elements. Now that warmer days have arrived, de-winterize your car by changing the oil, as it can get thick and collect moisture if it sits in the engine all winter. Also clean the undercarriage of any salt and debris. The gunk underneath your vehicle can lead to an array of problems, including metal deterioration and engine and transmission issues.

Upgrade the windshield washers. Summer is beautiful, but the weather can change at any moment. In the winter, ice and snow cause havoc on windshield wipers, so new wipers ensure the best visibility.

Check your tire pressure. Before venturing on that long-haul road trip, check your tire pressure. Proper pressure helps maximize fuel efficiency. If you have under-inflated tires, you run the risk of putting pressure on the sidewalls and with enough heat and pressure, the tires will eventually blow. Make sure your tires are good to go by consulting your local service shop or the owner’s manual. Don’t forget to pack a spare as well.

Double check your insurance policy. Despite the best precautions, accidents can happen and it’s important to ensure your insurance coverage is sufficient. An insurance provider like Esurance proactively rewards safe driving. Get your free insurance quote today online at esurance.ca.