WITH the summer just around the corner, it’s easy to neglect routine maintenance on your car – but it is just as important now as during the depths of winter.
Whether you’re heading up the M4 to visit the family or taking a trip through the Eurotunnel, you should make sure your car is ready for scorching hot days and warm weather road trips.
During the summer months, the roads and weather are very different and journeys are often longer. These factors impact on car performance, as well as wear and tear.
In fact, the RAC Breakdown Cover often experiences a 20 per cent increase in call-outs during periods of hot weather.
But there are a few simple tips you should take note of to ensure your summer road trip runs smoothly.
From changing your tyres to checking your oil and making sure your kids are entertained during long journeys, here’s our maintenance check list.
The rubber of a car tyre can seriously disintegrate in hot temperatures and even more so if the tyre is of the wrong pressure.
Ensuring your tyres are inflated to the right pressure with make sure they don’t dry out and cause a rupture.
If your car has tyre sensors, it can check its own tyre pressure and will let you know when they need inflating.
Keep an eye on your coolant levels
An engine with no coolant is like a person with no water – it won’t survive and will die.
Making sure you have enough coolant could be as simple as topping up the levels to keep your engine at the right temperature.
To top up your engine’s coolant, you can simply open the reservoir cap and add to the fluid level.
Use a proper engine coolant bought from your local dealer or auto-center.
Change your oil
When running in full heat an engine will need all the lubrication it can get.
This is why making sure you change the oil when necessary is important in the summer months.
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Spend a bit of time spring cleaning your car and you can enjoy a shinier vehicle throughout summer.
Dirt and road grit which builds up in winter, is bad for your paintwork and will cause rust and corrosion, so it’s important to get rid of it ahead of the warmer month
Use a specially formulated car shampoo, as water or other household cleaners won’t do the job and can actually hurt your paintwork.
Invest in good long lasting wax and your car’s paintwork will be protected all summer, and also you’ll get a great shine on your car
Keep your children entertained
If you’re planning a big trip with your little one, we suggest you plan for a range of activities to keep them entertained.
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Earlier this year, we explained the quick and easy steps to replace windscreen wipers.
And drivers can benefit next time they take their car in for MOT by monitoring these warning signs.
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