The summer holidays are fast approaching and for many people it’s the perfect opportunity to pile the family into the car and head off on day trips or longer breaks to make memories together.
But, while many of us like to get our body ready for summer, have you thought about whether your vehicle is prepared?
We’ve put together some top tips to make sure your vehicle doesn’t ruin your plans for adventures this summer.
Have a summer service – booking your vehicle in for regular services means any potential problems are identified early and can be fixed before you set off on your summer journeys.
Top up – just as it’s important to remember to keep topping up your sun cream, make sure your vehicle’s oil, coolant, windscreen wash and brake fluid levels are correct.
Check your tyres – we know to check the tread and pressure of tyres in icy conditions, but it’s also important in hot weather. High temperatures and under-inflation aggravate existing damage and weak spots, increasing the risk of punctures. Regularly check tyre condition and their pressure on your vehicle, as well as anything you might be towing.
Plan your journeys – make sure passengers and your vehicle don’t overheat by planning your route and setting off early in the morning when it’s cooler and roads are quieter. Also plan regular breaks to give your car chance to cool down.
Keep cool – check your cooling fan and air conditioning units are working properly before setting off on a long journey.
Full power – battery problems are a leading cause of breakdowns, so ensure your battery connections are clean and tight and free from corrosion.
Take cover – when you aren’t using your vehicle, try to park it in the shade or under cover to keep the temperatures down for when you return.
Drive efficiently – keep windows closed when on the motorway to reduce drag. Only use your air conditioning when all windows are closed and turn it off when the car has reached a comfortable temperature.
Clear vision – when driving wear non light reactive sunglasses and make sure the glass on your windscreen is clean and free from scratches and chips.
Stock up – before setting off, make sure your vehicle is equipped with a fully stocked first aid kit, sun cream, a map, water and that your mobile is fully charged. If you’re a hay fever sufferer, only take non-drowsy medication if you are driving, wear sunglasses and close air vents and windows to make your journey more comfortable.
If your vehicle needs a summer service or tyre check, book an appointment with your local Macadams depot https://www.macadams.co.uk/macadam-depots/