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How to prepare your car for the summer

Published: 13 July 2022

As the days are now sunnier and longer, it’s important to prepare your car for the summer months. Summer is the perfect time for road trips with beautiful scenery, and you wouldn’t want that to be interrupted by your car not working as efficiently as it should be.

Check the air conditioning

While this may seem like an obvious one, it’s always a good idea to get your car’s AC serviced before the summer to ensure your AC is working well so that you can stay cool during those very hot days. You should also ensure that you have enough coolant in your car and clean your air vents.

It’s always a good idea to have a mechanic double check the condition of your air filter too, as this is vital for improving the air quality in your car and also helps if you suffer from hay fever. Why not check to see if your local garage is doing a special deal on summer checks? (Link)

Check your tyres

As tyre pressure tends to rise and fall depending on the temperature, you need to keep an eye on your tyres when the temperature keeps changing. It might not be a gradual change to your tyres either, it can change overnight, or over a week or month, so keep an eye on them.

Keep an eye on your wiper blades

Due to the UV rays from the sun, it may impact the rubber of your wiper blades, making them crack. If this happens, it’s recommended that you change them as soon as you can because being able to see out of your windscreen is vital to your driving and safety, and it is England, so rain is inevitable! And don’t forget to top up your washer fluid often!

Keep it covered

If you’d like to keep your car’s paintwork in pristine condition, you may want to consider investing in a car cover in the summer so it’s protected from the sun and any debris that may be around, such as falling leaves or sap from trees.

Be prepared

As summer is usually the time to get in your car and drive to the beach, or anywhere else picturesque, don’t forget to be prepared for the worst. If you break down, you need to have the essentials with you, including a torch, water, a phone charger, and most importantly, the number of your breakdown company. Although it’s not what you want on your summer road trip, it’s vital that you prepare for everything.

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