Seasonal Car Care: How To Take Care of Your Vehicle This Summer
Summer is all about long, hot days and adventurous drives to exciting places. Okay, it means a few warmer days and possibly being stuck in long holiday traffic queues. But there will still be specific demands on your car, due to the increased temperatures and because the average car is likely to undertake some longer journeys. Ensuring your vehicle is in good order should help you arrive safely and comfortably. Here are our top tips for summer maintenance.
Check your fluids
Warmer weather means a car’s engine has to work harder to stay cool. You should ensure the coolant reservoir - usually found under the bonnet - is topped-up to the correct level and with the correct ratio of coolant to water.
Remember to check oil levels, especially before longer drives, and top up as necessary with the correct grade. Some cars have a menu option to check the level electronically from within the car.
While there should be sensors to alert for low levels, checking the reservoirs for brakes, clutch and power steering is also sensible.
Do ensure your washer fluid is topped-up (remember it’s illegal to have an empty bottle) and that you use the correct amount of washer fluid. Washer fluid doesn’t just stop water freezing in winter, it helps clean the windscreen. Don’t use washing up liquid as this will foam too much.
It’s worth referring to your car’s hand book and if you are unsure about these checks, your car dealer or local garage will be able to help. Some offer a specific summer health check.