Long winding road trips, summer holidays and obligatory beach visits, yep, the summer is a great time to be on the road.
Whether it’s the open top, the sunroof, or like us, the window giving you that wind in your hair, make sure you prep your car to and make it summer ready. We’ve put together a handy little guide on our top tips for getting your car prepped for the summer, giving you more time to relax on the beach...
Our cars and cooling systems can get a little shocked by high temperatures. No one wants an expensive and annoying overheated engine and extra car damage this summer.
So before heading out, don’t forget to:
- Make sure your coolant levels are not too low
- Ensure there are no leaks from coolant hoses. Wet or white stains are a good sign of a leak.
- Check electric cooling fans by running the engine for up to ten minutes.
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Keeping fuel down
Save money this summer by saving fuel. You can do this by reducing the drag on the car created by carrying extra weight such as bikes, heavy luggage and even extra passengers.
Using a roof box or by fitting a low-level roof rack during your journey will help to raise your fuel saving. Remove it once you’ve reached your final destination.
Increasing your tyre pressures is a good way to reduce the effect of drag on the car from heavy luggage or extra passengers. Always make sure to check your car handbook for guidance on this.
By choosing air conditioning over opened windows and by using a windscreen shade, not only will you help keep the car cool but you will also save pounds at the pump.
Day trips with long drives and the heat of the sun can leave the most experienced driver fatigued and tired at the wheel.
To avoid becoming sleepy at the wheel, it’s important to take regular breaks after every two hours for long drives, or 20 mins for those three hours or more. The frequency of your stops is key, so take shorter breaks than one long one. A nap and a coffee can do wonders and avoid alcohol or a lot of food before you set off.
There’s nothing worse than trying to drive with red itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing every five minutes. Driving with hayfever, can at the very least be mildly irritating, and at the most, dangerous.
If you can, it’s always best to get someone else to drive. If that’s not an option, then make sure you’ve got a box of tissues handy and wear sunglasses to avoid the glare from bright sunlight. Take non-drowsy medication and clean your car of dust to avoid a flare-up of hayfever. And if you can feel a sneeze coming, make sure you ease up on the accelerator.
Eurofit also offer a anti bacterial treatment for your vechile from only £18, contact your local branch for more information.
Glare from the sun
Now don’t get us wrong, we love the summer months when the sun comes out for a day on the beach, but there’s nothing worse than trying to drive and being blocked from the strong glare of the sun. It is often cited as the cause of accidents, particularly on a bright day or when the sun is going down.
Here are a few of our tips:
- Clean the windscreen to remove any smears or dirt.
- Replace worn or damaged wiper blades.
- Make sure you have an unscratched and clean pair of sunglasses in the car.
High temperatures can play havoc on our tyres and can make existing rubber damage worse. Before you head out on the road, check the conditions and pressures of all four tyres and replace in need to. Increase tyre pressure if you need to before you start your drive.
If you are unsure about your cars health for long journeys, why no take advantage of Eurofit Autocentres free car health check, avaiable from your local branch.
With many of us starting to think about booking our summer holidays, some of us ambitious drivers opt for a real road trip - driving abroad.
Make sure you prep your car with long-haul essentials, including a first aid kit, a warning triangle, a high-visibility jacket, extra engine oil and water, a fuel can and a sat nav or road map.
Driving rules and laws differ depending on the European country that you are visiting so whether it’s France, Spain, or Italy you’re heading to, check the age restrictions and regulations relating to drinking before you go.
Before any long trip, experts recommned a full service for your car. Eurofit offer a free full MOT with every service, to make the most of this offer, find your local branch online.
Now that you’re prepped for your summer road trip, all that’s left to do is to relax and have fun on the beach.
For more help and advice on how to get your car prepped for the summer, contact us today on 0800 270 7733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.