Keeping Cars Cool
High temperatures and long distance travel can be hard on your car. Here’s ten top tips for avoiding tired tires and busted batteries.
- Top Town
If you’re fortunate enough to have a convertible, make sure both the mechanism and fabric or vinyl are in good condition. Use specialist cleaning products to prevent cracks from appearing
- Sun Protection
Keep on top of waxing your car to protect the paint from fading & invest in a sunscreen to protect the interior from the sun’s UV rays.
- Check Oil
Increased driving in summer heat can mean changing your oil more regularly. It’s generally recommended you change your oil between 3-7k Miles, or every 3 months
- Coolant Levels
Engines are designed to run hot, but if the temperature is too high, metal components can fuse together. Check your cars coolant and your coolant levels are sufficient
- Road Works
Summer is the optimal time for local authorities to carry out road maintenance. Make sure you’re sticking to speed limits and maintaining a substantial distance to the car in front to limit the damage of those debris
After a harsh winter, wiper blades can crack or perish leaving you with a streaky windscreen when heavy summer storms sweep in.
- Tyre Pressure
Pressure increases roughly 1-2 PS! (pounds per square inch for every 10 degree temperature increase. Check Tyre pressures are safe especially after sudden temperature increases.
- Check Radiator
While the engine is cool, check your radiator is clean and free from debris and that all hoses are intact and functional.
- Check Battery
Summer heat can rapidly increase the chemical reaction inside your battery and extreme heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate. Make sure the battery is secure, clean and all connections are free of debris.
- Air Con
Maintaining the correct levels of refrigerant is a key to keeping cool in the summer and it’s always best to get a professional in to check for you . Air con is more effective than open windows! It also means the car is more aerodynamic at high speeds, saving fuel and staying environmentally friendly.