Top tips to get your car ready for summer

Posted on: 04/07/2014

Top tips to get your car ready for summer

It's finally arrived. After a winter full of floods and misery, the summer is here to make us all feel happier. But how do we prepare our cars for the sunny season? Find out in our top tips below.

 

1. Keep an emergency kit in the car

Just like winter, it pays to be prepared with an emergency kit for your car. Inside of which, you should include items like mobile phone chargers, water and first-aid equipment. Water in particular is important because, in an emergency situation, you can use it in your radiator if it was leaking. If you're ever in a situation where you'd have to do that, make sure you have it flushed and have the proper fluids put back in it.

2. Prepare

Make sure all the fluids in your vehicle are filled to their proper levels. Check your oil, your brake fluid, your power steering fluid, most importantly the antifreeze and you want to make sure the vehicle is not hot before you open it. Let it cool down .

It is recommended that you check that your coolant fluid level is between the maximum and minimum marks on the tank at least once a week when the engine is cold. If the coolant level has dropped, make sure that you get it checked out at your local garage because ordinarily coolant levels should remain at the same level between services.

3. Check your cooling fan

The cooling fan is activated automatically when an engine begins to overheat, drawing air in through the radiator in order to cool the engine. However, if the fan seizes then the engine coolant will likely begin to boil which could cause significant damage to the engine.

The only way to check on the health of your cooling fan is to turn the heater to cold and run the car to normal temperatures (i.e. the middle of your temperature gauge). Once this has been reached, keep the engine running while parked up but do not use the car for five minutes. The fan should automatically kick in after this length of time.

A problem will be in evidence if the fan fails to activate and your engine temperatures start to spiral upwards. If this is the case simply switch your engine off and get a garage to help.

4. Be careful on newly surfaced roads

Summer is often the time of year that local councils feel it's right to conduct essential road maintenance. This results in loose debris on newly surfaced roads, such as stones and tar, which can damage the bodywork of your motor.

You should therefore make sure that you drive within the recommended speed limits when passing through road work zones and not drive too closely to the back of other vehicles that could flick up debris.

5. Avoid punctures

Punctures are the most common cause of summer breakdown according to the AA; with high temperatures often aggravating damage which may already be present. It is therefore important to monitor your tyre pressures; checking them every week ensuring that they comply with the manufacturers stated guidelines. These can be found either in your vehicle handbook or on the inside of the driver’s door. If tyre pressures are dropping surprisingly quickly in one tyre, it could be an indication of a slow puncture.

6. Take care with the glare

Glare from the sun will be made worse by a dirty windscreen which will increase the likelihood of motorists becoming involved in accidents as a result of poor visibility. You should therefore make sure that you keep your vehicle stocked up with windscreen wash so that this process can be done while on the move. Make sure that placement wipers are sourced out when ever required.

7. Think about air conditioning

Anyone who has been stuck in a traffic jam in a hot car during the summer will know how valuable air conditioning is. Air conditioning units can also help to reduce pollen levels in vehicles for those who suffer from hay fever. It is therefore important to make sure that your system is fully prepared for this period. Although, remember not to use air conditioning all the time as it will increase fuel consumption.

You can find more car tips and driving advice in Sell My Car Quick’s blog.



Author: ADMIN
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