Winter can be tough on your car, with the low temperatures and constant harsh weather conditions. In warmer weather, the challenges for your vehicle are different, so it is best to check that your car is still fit to drive and make sure your vehicle is ready for summer!
Check your coolant
Make sure your coolant in your overflow of radiator tank is full. In the hotter weather your engine can overheat and can cause your car to break down, so it is essential this coolant is still working. It is suggested to get your coolant changed at least once a year and the best time is just before summer so that you know your car is prepared for the warmer weather.
Make sure your air conditioning is working! If not, it might just be the time to get it fixed. You don’t want to be stuck driving in an uncomfortably hot car during the summer, especially on long journeys. To check if it is fully functioning blast it out and see if it still blows cold enough and look out for any strange noises or doors.
Change your wiper blades
Winter is tough on your wiper blades, so it is probably a good idea to get yourself some new ones! Luckily wiper replacement is an easy and relatively cheap process and can even be done yourself if you think you can, as long as you purchase the right size of blades for your vehicle.
Make sure your battery is charged
In warmer weather, the water within your battery will evaporate faster in soaring temperatures leaving lead plates exposed. So your battery may no longer have the charge it needs to start your car. You can do a visual check when you lift the bonnet of your vehicle for corrosion, but it is also worth getting a professional inspection too, as they will be able to get a proper look at the battery.
Check your tyres
The rubber on your car’s tyres can seriously disintegrate in hot temperatures, so can cause them to blow out more easily. As temperatures rise, your tyre pressure will change. It is advised to check your tyre pressure and tread more regularly throughout the summer to ensure your tyres are still efficient, see our 'How To Take Care Of Your Tyres' blog to find out how to properly check these. You can actually get season specific tyres and summer ones. Summer tyres are made with compounds which are specifically designed for use in temperatures above 7 degrees Celsius. Standard tyres or winter tyres are usually better under 7 degrees Celsius.
Check your oil
In higher temperatures, your car uses more oil. Oil is used to help make the engine run, so it is vital you have enough oil in your car. It is easy and quick to check your oil by pulling your car’s dipstick out and checking the level on the stick. If the level is below the minimum line, then you need to add more.