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Summer Driving: Here’s How To Prepare Your Car

Summer is nearly upon us. In which case, it makes sense to prepare your car for warmer weather. Here’s how…

Pack Summer Essentials 

The summer means (hopefully) longer days, shorter nights and significantly warmer weather. In which case, it makes sense to pack a few essentials. These include the likes of sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle or two of water. It might also be wise to invest in a portable fan, if your car lacks a decent enough air conditioning system.

Check your Coolant and Oil

Coolant increases the boiling point of water which, in simple terms, reduces the chances of your engine overheating. If an engine overheats, the damage can be catastrophic. Indeed, repair work can often exceed the value of the car itself! So, make sure you have enough over the summer months. The same principle applies to your vehicle’s oil levels, too. Make sure you’ve got enough to keep everything lubricated.

Inspect Your Tyres

Tyres are quite sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. They can end up warped or weakened, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them. In addition, summer driving trips can be lengthy affairs, placing more strain and wear on them. Conduct regular checks.

Test Your Air Conditioning

This is pretty self-explanatory but, if you have an air conditioning system, make sure it’s working properly; especially before setting off on a long journey or when you expect to be stuck in traffic.

Wax your Car

Keeping your car waxed is an effective way of protecting its surfaces and paintwork from the intensity of the sun’s heat. You don’t need to invest in anything particularly expensive for good results, but it’s worth doing right if your car is exposed to direct sunlight on a regular basis.

Park in the Shade 

It doesn’t take much to turn our cars into ovens. Even modest, warmer temperatures can make them deeply unpleasant to be in. When sat idle, and parked in the sun, a car’s exterior and interior can be damaged by the sun’s rays. So, try to park in the shade when you can.

Think About the Vulnerable 

Given that the interiors of our vehicles can become exceptionally warm in the summer, bear vulnerable passengers in mind. This includes pets, the elderly, the very young (such as babies and infants) and the sick. Don’t leave them unattended for more than few minutes (and only leave them if you absolutely have to). Keep everyone properly hydrated, too.

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