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Car tips & advice | 21.03.2014 - 05:10

How To Prepare Your Car For Summer Driving

Although we are just over two months away from being in summer, the lead up to this happy season.
How To Prepare Your Car For Summer Driving
How To Prepare Your Car For Summer Driving

Although we are just over two months away from being in summer, the lead up to this happy season of the year is just as warm - and sometimes just as sunny too, if we’re lucky! Summer is a great time because it’s when we get to spend some quality holiday time with our family and friends, and it just seems to make everyone feel happier about themselves and their lives.

We will most likely be driving our cars in the summer, just like we have during the other seasons of the year, but given that summer is a (hopefully) hot and dry time of year, it is important that we ensure our cars are properly prepared for summer driving! This handy guide will walk you through the points you need to be aware of so that your car is also feeling that summer happiness too!

Tyres

One of the first things you need to check is the condition of your car’s tyres! The legal limit for tyre tread depth in many countries is 1.6mm (brand new tyres have a tread depth of 8mm). If your tyres are starting to approach this limit, now is the time to get them replaced for new ones.

Many people opt for all-weather tyres rather than specific ‘summer’ tyres so it might be worth you investing in these types of tyre. If your tyre tread depths are fine, and there are no otherwise obvious problems with them, such as rips, tears or bulges, you should just make sure that they are inflated to the correct pressures.

Screen Wash

Given that the likelihood of it raining during the warmer months of the year will be slim to none, you are probably going to use your screen wash a lot more than you would have done during autumn and winter, for example.

It is important that you make sure your screen wash bottle is topped up regularly, so that you can also see clearly out of your windscreen and rear window! Jay New Nelson made the good point that some cars will even alert you when your washer bottle is running low, but you should still check the screen wash levels in the bottle regardless.

Air Conditioning

Virtually all modern cars have air conditioning or climate control installed as standard. It is recommended that you run the air conditioning system at least once a week, as it will ensure that the seals in the system do not dry out due to a lack of lubrication. If your air conditioning system’s seals do dry out, refrigerant can leak - and this is an expensive repair!

As an aside, you will need to get your air conditioning system regassed at least once a year, because refrigerant levels can drop even in an otherwise well-maintained system. You should consider getting the system regassed each time your car has a major service, so that you will literally be cool during the summer months!

Normally, car garages will give you a discount if you have both sets of work carried out during the same visit, so it’s worth doing from both a financial and maintenance point of view!

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