We all consider winter to be the most dangerous time of year for motorists. But when the sun is at its highest and hottest, many overlook the dangers that the summer heat brings to our roads. So how can you best prepare your car for the summer to ensure you are ready for any potential environmental hazards?
Carrying out Summer Car Maintenance
Do you know how varying temperatures can affect your car? We may not always be so lucky with the weather in the UK, but when we do get a heatwave it can spell trouble for some of your car’s components. Hot weather can lead to changes in tyre pressure, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on this. Extreme temperatures can also affect your battery, and this is true for hot weather as well as cold. You can easily get your battery tested at a garage to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you come to turn over your car one summer morning.
Preparing for a Summer Road Trip
Before heading out on a summer road trip, it's a good idea to give your car a once over - the last thing you want is to be stranded far from home with car trouble. First, check your tyres for cuts and bulges, which could be warning signs for an approaching flat tyre or dangerous blowout. You should also check your tyre's tread depth and air pressure.
Moving to under the hood, you should also check your coolant levels. Your coolant keeps your car at a safe temperature and prevents it from overheating in the summer, so it is very important to have a good amount of high quality coolant and no leaks. While you’re there, check the screen wash before your big trip in case dirt or the elements do obstruct your vision on the road. And to keep comfortable in the warm weather, check your air conditioning is in good working order and get it serviced or fixed if necessary before you set off.
As with all road trips, it's also a good idea to carry some essentials in case of an accident. An up to date sat nav, first aid kit, torch, and warning triangle could all come in handy and it's much better to be with them than without. Don't forget your sunglasses too, as when the sun sits low in the sky on summer evenings it can obstruct your vision and cause dangerous driving conditions.
Remember, good weather also often means that there are more motorbikes and bicycles on the roads, so keep an eye out for these and take care when overtaking, especially on country bends.
If you’ve done your summer car checks and found that one or more parts need replacing, head down to the U-Pull-It car breakers yards in Edinburgh or York to find the spare car parts you need. Use our online search function to see the vehicles we have in stock.