We are all aware that when winter comes, we should be
looking to get our cars ready for the bleak weather and icy roads. However,
summer is also a crucial time to look at getting your car weather ready.
Although we’re not blessed with scorching hot summers in the
UK, we can still have days, and if we’re lucky even weeks, that are hot enough
to have some unfortunate effects on our vehicles.
So, where can you start and how can we help?
With the recent circumstances, we can guarantee that you’ll
be using your car quite frequently to catch up on lost time with friends and
family, so it’s a good time to find out if your car is ready for it too.
Check your battery
The last thing you want is to head off on a journey and
realise that your battery is dead, or even worse, fail midway. The heat has
been known to put extra pressure on car batteries, so if you’re planning a big
journey it would be worthwhile getting it checked over by your local garage
Summer heat can take a toll on your car’s oil, which could
lead to further issues with your engine if it’s having to work overtime. Make
sure to keep an eye on your car’s oil levels throughout summer to ensure they
are always topped up.
If you’re planning a long trip away, think about taking some
extra oil in the car with you to avoid any unexpected interruptions.
Air conditioning is a must-have when embarking on a road
trip in the summer, there’s nothing worse than being stuck in hot car with
failed air conditioning. Start your trip the right way and book in with your
local garage to have this fixed for you, driver and companions alike will be
thankful for it.
There are also some checks you can carry out yourself to get
this back up and working again:
- Clean off any dirt from the vents that has built
up to ensure a good air flow.
- Regularly replace your air filters, this will
help prolong the time before a costly outgoing needs to be made to replace the
system altogether and will allow fresh air to circulate through your car.
- Check your cars coolant system, this should be
made up from the correct amount of coolant, such as anti-freeze and water.
Lastly, the heat can have a huge impact on your car’s tyres,
resulting in volatile fluctuations between low and high pressure. It is
important that you keep an eye on the condition of your tyres, not just in
summer but all year round.
If your tyre pressure is off, uneven wear can occur,
resulting in unsafe driving conditions and erratic or increased fuel consumption.
When you’re checking over your tyres look out for:
- Tyre pressure, the correct tyre pressure can be
found in your car’s manual.
- The tread, if your tyre tread is too low, not
only is this dangerous but it can also be illegal.
- Look over the general wear and tear of your
tyres, they go through a lot with every drive so keeping them in good condition
is a must.
By prepping your car for summer with the same tender loving
care as you would for the winter months, you can ensure it is prepared for
those longer journey’s for day trips with friends and family. After waiting all
this time, the last thing you want is for a reunion to be delayed due to car
If you feel like your car could do with a summer service,
contact our Bromley garage today on 020 8466 7849 or simply use our online booking system.