Is there anything as therapeutic as driving with the windows down, music playing and the sun beating off the road ahead?
Most of us remember to look after our car health in winter, but we can’t forget that the summer presents its own challenges for our cars. It’s important that you bring your car for a full check-up each year but, before you feel the wind in your hair and take a summer road trip, you should also check the following:
Get your tyres checked regularly for thread depth and wear and tear, making sure they are never less than the legal 1.6mm.1 Higher temperatures affect existing weak spots and increase the likelihood of a puncture. Always have a jack and spare tyre in your boot. To read more on tyre safety, you can read our guide or watch our video for more information.
Check your oil regularly. If your dipstick comes out grimy, do a full oil change.
Ensure your window wipers work effortlessly, if they’re screeching over your windscreen, you’ll need to replace them. With the dryer weather there is more chance of dust sticking to your windscreen and affecting your visibility of the road so make sure to top up your windscreen wash fluid regularly.
Check your coolant
With the higher temperatures in summer (a bit hit and miss in Ireland we know), coolant is very important as it keeps your engine from overheating.2
Be sure to check your aircon is working, it’s especially important that you can keep the temperature down if you’ve kids or pets in the car.
Never leave your child in your parked car, even for a few minutes. A parked car’s temperature can rise by 10°C in just 10 minutes, and a child’s body temperature rises quicker than an adults.3
Tips for summertime driving:
Wear sunglasses to keep glaring sunlight from your eyes. If you require glasses to drive, invest in prescription sunglasses for summertime driving, you won’t know yourself!
Park in the shade where possible to avoid your car sitting in the sun for long periods of time. If you’re car’s going to be parked in the sun get yourself a sun shield for under your windscreen, this will help keep the interior temperature down.
Always pay attention to any warning signs your car gives you and get them checked out as soon as possible. Take a refresher course on the various dashboard warning lights in your car, and what they mean.
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