The sun is shining, restrictions are being lifted and valeters are reopening, which means we’re all gearing up for those British summer outings. While we all make sure to take extra care of our vehicles during the winter months, rising temperatures and the bright summer sun is just around the corner, bringing lots of problems with it. This means that it is just as important to look after your vehicles in these hotter months as it is in winter, which is why, in this blog, we discuss summer car care tips that will help you to avoid spending your sunny days on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Speaking of the glorious summer sun, have you taken into consideration how the changes in temperature will affect the air pressure in your tyres? The hot weather can cause strains on any weak areas of your tyres, which will ultimately result in a higher risk of punctures if left untreated, so it’s very important that you make sure your tyres are suitably inflated.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should try to overcompensate with tyre pressure as it is also important that you are not overinflating your tyres in hotter weather conditions. This is because overinflated tyres are more likely to wear quicker or increase the risk of a blowout. Our advice is to regulate your car’s tyre pressures regularly when the tyres are cold and check for any wear and tear issues that may lead to a puncture.
Keep your car clean
As we previously mentioned, valeters are reopening again as a result of the recent changes to lockdown restrictions. This means that, unfortunately, you no longer have an excuse for that messy car. Not only does a cleaner car make your vehicle look nicer, but removing dust and dead insects from your car’s windscreen will also help to improve visibility. This is especially important when the sun is close to the horizon and glaring through your windscreen.
It also doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be done from your driveway, but can definitely help to keep you safe when on summer journeys. In addition to this, cleaning the body of the car and protecting it with wax will also help to protect it from the sun’s rays.
We’re all thankful for modern vehicle’s air-con feature in the summer months, but whether you prefer to save on fuel by simply opening the vents, or have your aircon blasting while on long journeys, your car’s aircon system should be checked before setting off on long journeys.
Most manufacturers recommend that air-con systems are regassed every two years, so for those of you that own an older car, you may already be past a service. If this is the case, then we suggest making sure you get it looked at soon, especially considering that the fluid in the air-con system lubricates the washers and seals. This means that without regular use, the air-con may cause a gas leak and that is definitely not what you want on your next family outing.
Checking your wipers in the winter is extremely important as they are likely to snap due to colder weather. However, this does not mean that checking them in summer is any less important. Checking the condition of your car’s windscreen wipers will ensure that they will clear your screen without leaving those annoying smears behind.
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