If you’re a driver, you’ll understand the importance of car maintenance throughout the year; if you don’t take the time to ensure your vehicle is running correctly, you could end up with a hefty fee to pay to reverse the damage! Luckily, there are many things you can do to check up on your car regularly, and as we are heading towards summer, I’ve compiled some of the best tips for car maintenance in the summer.
What to check for
To save time, you don’t have to check everything over the summer months, in most cases, summer is kinder to your car than winter, but there are some parts you should keep your eye on.
Tyres should be checked regularly over summer, particularly on hot days (if we get any that is!). The heat can affect tyres by drying them out, and furthering any current damage or weakness; if your tyres are under-inflated, a high temperature could lead to punctures. Before you drive, ensure your tyres are fully inflated and in good condition. Don’t forget to check anything you may be towing, too. You can find cheap tyres online at Fife Autocentre.
Like tyres, the heat can have disastrous consequences on your car’s windscreen. Make sure you get any cracks fixed immediately, and to combat the glare from the sun, keep the glass clean and try wearing non light-reactive sunglasses, or sight glasses.
Overheating is a serious danger when driving in summer. If you think anything doesn’t feel or sound right, get it checked out immediately.
Keep your windows closed when driving on the motorway to minimise drag, and put the air conditioning until the car is cool. If you’re carrying extra passengers, increase the tyre pressure.
Be aware of these, but don’t sweat it
The following are things that can occur in the summer, but those that you don’t need to worry about.
Finding water coming from your car
You might be (understandably) alarmed to find a pool of water leaking from your car, but don’t worry! It’s more than likely just condensation from the air conditioning system.
Smoke coming from air vents
Just like the pools of water, if you see smoke coming from your air vents it is likely to be due to the air conditioning.
The car just seems a little, ‘off’
Just like us, the summer months can cause cars to seem a little sluggish. This is due to the warm air, it just slows everything down a little. So don’t worry, take care of your car and it’ll be back to normal in no time!
It’s also important to keep up with your car’s MOT whatever time of year it is. If you’re not sure, you can use this MOT checker to see when you’re due.
Do you have any tips for keeping your car in tip-top shape over summer?
*This post is a collaboration with Fife Autocentre*