Ah, summer. A time of road trips and road rage, swimming and sweating — a time that also brings some of the most grueling driving conditions of the year. High temperatures, stop-and-go traffic, oversized loads and extended use of the air conditioner all conspire to put a serious burden on that 4-wheeled friend.

Just because Mother Nature and you are seemingly working together to put the old workhorse in the hospital (aka the local repair shop), it doesn't have to happen. With a little TLC, your car or truck can be ready to tackle the dog days in no time. Here are our recommendations for the 10 must-do services that will help keep your auto on the road this summer, instead of being stuck beside it.