Prepare Your Car for Summer Motoring

posted on Apr 04 2017 by Karen Liggett

Prepare Your Car for Summer Motoring

Keep yourself and your car cool this summer by ensuring your vehicle is in tip-top condition. A recent survey suggested that many motorists drive a perilous tightrope, failing to service their vehicle before embarking on a long journey or trip. But preparing your vehicle for a hot and dusty summer trip is vital to lessen the odds of a breakdown caused by the strain of a hard winter and the summer's stop-go traffic.

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is an overheating engine. Motorists should check the level, condition, and concentration of their coolant and make sure there are no leaks in the radiator.

Other components, which must be checked:

  • Tyres - check the recommended pressure; look for uneven wearing and cuts and nicks in the sidewall; ensure the spare and jack are in good condition.
  • Brakes - they should be inspected by an expert every 15,000 miles or every six months. A sponginess in the brake pedal or a tendency to pull to one side should be investigated.
  • Battery - ensure a trained mechanic checks connections and that it is fully charged.
  • Lights - clean dirt and insects from all lenses and inspect all lights and bulbs. windscreen wipers - replace worn blades and ensure there is a full reservoir of washer solution. engine performance - correct driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power) at a good garage and replace air, fuel and cabin filters.