What is the best way to prepare your car for the summer?
What are the most important things to check on your vehicle before the summer?
As with every change of season, it is advisable to carry out a few simple checks:
- levels: brake and power steering fluids, oil, but also windscreen washer and insect remover is particularly important during this period;
- battery: this is put under greater strain when frequently using the air conditioning and should be checked and replaced if necessary;
- air conditioning: it may be necessary to have the coolant renewed
- the condition of the windows and windscreen: glass surfaces get dirtier in the summer, and they are a glare hazard if it gets cloudy -incidentally, you may also be fined for poor visibility;
- tyre wear and pressure: if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to swap your winter tyres for summer or all-season models
- lights: checking to ensure that your lights are properly working is one of the essential things to inspect in any season.
Why should you make an appointment at the garage before the summer?
The summer season is when you will need to take longer or more frequent journeys, so it is often the ideal time to consult your car’s service log. It’s a good idea to anticipate regular service so that you can get through the summer with peace of mind.
Among other things, your mechanic will check:
- the state of the filters (air, fuel, oil, cabin filters, etc.);
- the air-conditioning system, with replacement of the filter and coolant if necessary;
- that the brakes, power steering and various engine parts are all operating correctly;
- the condition of the tyres.
Your mechanic will also inform you of any further actions that may be required.
Summer-specific damage to your vehicle: how can you prevent it?
The summer season is characterised by heat, increased sunshine and heavy traffic. These are all factors that can have an impact on the condition and functioning of your car! Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that will help you get through this period:
- don’t neglect the windscreen! Clean it regularly, fill the windscreen washer tank, and add an anti-insect solution.
- take care of the bodywork and rims: the sun’s rays can damage the paintwork. This reason is why you shouldn’t leave your car under direct sunlight. Regularly clean your car to prevent tree resin, bird droppings, pollen and insects from becoming embedded.
- use your sun visors: just like the bodywork, interior surfaces can be damaged by heat. You can limit the deterioration of plastic surfaces and the fading of fabrics by protecting the interior. You will also prevent potential risks to the electronics on board, particularly things like the LCD screens.
- check the fittings for your accessories: if you installed a roof box or a trailer, ensure it is securely attached.
- finally, don’t forget to check and ensure that you have safety equipment at hand in case of a breakdown, including a hazard triangle, first aid kit, drinking water, etc.
In summary, the ideal time to conduct a complete check-up of your vehicle is before summer starts. In addition to noting your mileage and thoroughly cleaning your car, you can look forward to the summer and maximise your safety by checking the safety and comfort equipment. And above all else, remember to park your vehicle in the shade and use your sun visors during a hot spell!