It’s that time of year again. The kids are off school, the days are getting longer, and it’s time for the road trip you’ve been putting off since Labor Day. If you’re looking for a new Lexus model near Los Angeles, CA, Keyes Lexus is your ideal first stop. Whether it’s your first Lexus car or you’re already a proud owner, here are some tips for safer summer driving.


Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning happens when water accumulates under a moving car’s tires quicker than it can be displaced. Speed plays a part here — hydroplaning is most common between 35 and 70 miles per hour — but there’s something else that shouldn’t be overlooked. Make sure your Lexus tires are in good shape, since worn tires don’t displace water well.


Avoid Overheating

If your coolant is low, if you’re running your engine a bit too hard for a bit too long, or if you’re spending lots of time idling in traffic on a hot day, your car could overheat. There are also mechanical issues that can contribute to overheating. If it happens, pull the car over immediately and let it cool down before opening the hood and trying to add coolant. The best remedy is to keep it from happening in the first place with proper maintenance.


Pet Safety

Whether you’re taking your cat to the vet or bringing the dog along on a family vacation, it helps to get off on the right foot (or paw). Be sure your pet (or your pet’s carrier) is secured, buying an adapter if necessary. Make sure your pet is hydrated. Take pit stops for rest and water. Don’t play music too loud, since animals’ sensitive hearing can make loud music painful. And of course, never keep your pets in the car during a hot day!


Summer’s the right time for barbecues, day trips, and all kinds of adventures. Wherever life takes you, get there safely and comfortably in a Lexus car or SUV. And of course, before setting off, make sure you bring your vehicle to Keyes Lexus at 5905 Van Nuys Blvd. in Van Nuys, CA for Lexus service near Los Angeles.


Happy Memorial day, and safe travels from all of us at Keyes Lexus!