Here Comes the Sun! Top Tips for Drivers
We might not get hot days that often, but when the UK does bask in the summer heat, we often don’t know how to deal with it. Driving on hot days can take a toll on your car, not to mention being uncomfortable for you too.
Our handy tips will make sure you’re always safe and comfortable whilst on the road.
Engine Fluid - Hot weather also puts a lot of strain on car engines. So, before setting off on any journey, be sure to check that your cooling system, engine oil, and brake fluid are all at the recommended levels.
Windscreen – A clean windscreen is essential on hot days when the sun can reflect off dirt and scratches. Make sure your windscreen wash is filled up to prevent smearing.
Battery – Summer months are harder on your car battery as compared to the winters because they increase the rate of evaporation of the electrolyte liquid inside the battery. Check your battery hasn’t leaked or cracked, and ensure it is firmly mounted and safe from vibration.
Tyre Pressure – It’s especially important to keep an eye on tyre pressures during hot weather because both under and over-inflation can cause problems. Under-inflated tyres flex more, which causes heat build-up. After a period of hot, dry weather, rain can make roads slippery and uneven tyre pressure can increase the chances of loss of control.
Air Conditioning System – Your car’s air conditioning system can be a real-life saver during a heat wave, but it’s important to carry out regular checks to ensure everything is working efficiently when the temperatures outside start to increase.
Summer months can cause drowsiness, dehydration and exhaustion for the driver. For emergencies make sure you always carry the following:
- Snacks and water
- Sun cream
- First aid kit
- Phone charger or portable battery pack
- Jump leads
- A warning triangle
- Hi-vis and warm jackets
Car maintenance during the summer months is extremely important so as to ensure that you do not incur additional costs other than what you have planned. Visit our aftersales service, we offer smart repairs and 0% APR finance. For more information, please contact us.