Summer is finally here, for a few days at least! So you may start to think about going on a long journey to the seaside or you may just be going about your daily routine. The heat can make your vehicle work differently so we have put together a guide so you can be prepared for summer.
Hints and tips
- Never remove the radiator tap when the engine is hot or even warm, wait for the engine to cool down.
- If your vehicles engine overheats turn on the heating, this will pull through the hot air from the engine.
A vehicles cooling system is important whilst you drive around in summer, as the engine can quickly overheat which could cause long term damage.
- The first thing you need to do is check the vehicles radiator for cracks.
- Once you have done that you need to check all connections are in the right place.
- Now check the reservoir level; it needs to be half full.
Carrying out these minor preparations will prevent the vehicle from overheating, it is best to keep an eye on the temperature gauge; this will give you a good indication of how hot the engine is becoming.
Not many vehicles have air conditioning but if your vehicle does you can also maintain this to ensure it works to keep you cool.
- You need to check the belt that lets the air conditioning into the vehicle via the compressor, checking for any damage to the belts and any debris will ensure you air conditioning works properly.
Changing your vehicles tyres from the winter type will be beneficial. You will get more speed, better handling on the vehicle and provide better fuel efficiency.
- Find summer tyres that you think will be suitable.
- Have them fitted by a registered tyre shop to ensure they are fitted correctly.
If you prefer there are all season tyres available in most motoring shops. It saves the hassle of changing over the tyres each season!
It is a good idea to get your vehicle brakes tested at a registered garage. The brakes will be worn out from all of the rain that we have had recently.
- Ask about how long your brake pads have left on them as well, hot weather can make brake pads run out quickly.
Towing a caravan, trailer or sports equipment is common in the summer which is why you can check your vehicle is suitable for towing.
- Check your vehicles gross weight (GVW) which is the maximum weight of the vehicle and trailer.
- Balance the weight between the axes and the hitch.
- The load must balance on the trailer.
- Check the lights and indicator are working correctly.
There you have it a quick and easy guide on preparing your vehicle for summer! Let’s hope the weather stays!