With the heatwave continuing throughout these summer months, looking after your car can often be an afterthought, particularly as signs of wear aren’t always obvious. At Croyland we want you to be aware of the impact that high temperatures can have on your car, and how to prevent any damage.
Protecting your car
It is always a good idea to plan ahead for any journey and it is essential to carry out some necessary checks.
Starting with the basics; engine oils, brake fluid and coolant levels need to be checked and topped up. In hot weather they evaporate faster and when the levels become low, heat can reduce the cooling effect on the engine, increasing risk of overheating.
Tyre pressure can also increase and expand. In extreme cases, heat can cause a tyre blowout. On top of keeping them properly inflated, we recommend checking them regularly after long journeys – it only takes a few seconds of your time.
One not to forget is your car battery as the battery liquid can evaporate and damage the internal structure permanently. To prevent this, check for any dirt or corrosion on your battery and clean it as necessary. For further assurance, you can always take it to a professional technician.
In case you don’t already, keep a pair of sunglasses, sun cream and some water to stay hydrated. You never know when you'll need them, especially if you run out unexpectedly.
Drivers can save themselves seat burns and sticky legs by parking in the shade or using windscreen covers/blankets. Whilst a small benefit, a cooler car interior can make all the difference to you and your passengers.
You also still need to have the essentials. Keep an emergency kit within your car. This should include jump leads, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.
Overloading your vehicle and keeping air conditioning on in low speeds will mean the engine has to work harder and use more fuel. Judge whether it’s really necessary if you’re making a shorter journey.
As a final thought, take regular breaks on your travels. It’s important for you and your passengers to stretch your legs now and again, and this also includes your pets. An open window is not enough protection when leaving your furry friends unattended.
You may have these top tips ingrained, or you may have learnt something new about looking after your vehicle. Don’t forget our expert team is always on hand for advice whether you decide to pay us a visit in person or reach out to us from home. Have your summer sorted with Croyland.Text here ...