There’s plenty to be said about winter preparation for cars and other vehicles but not as much attention is paid to getting your car ready for summer. Although it might not seem as necessary in comparison, there are a number of things you can consider to ensure your car is in good shape for your summer road trips.
Check your brakes
Brakes can take a lot of wear and tear through the winter months, primarily due to the increase in traffic but also because of the drop in temperature. Brake pads can suffer from dramatic temperature fluctuations that come with driving on cold and wet roads.
Consider summer tyres
Although most cars come fitted with all-weather tyres, if you live in an area where the temperature can drop below 7°C, then you might need different tyres for the summer and winter months. Summer tyres have a softer rubber compound and larger tread blocks, which help with handling on dry roads.
Change your wiper blades
Naturally, you use your wiper blades a lot more in winter, which can lead to wear and tear throughout the cold season. Before the summer rains hit, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your wipers are still working properly. Direct sun can also cause your wiper blades to perish over time, so it’s something to keep an eye on throughout summer as well.
Invest in sunshades
The summer sun can be harsh on the occupants of the car but it can also be damaging to your dashboard and seats. Prolonged exposure to direct sun can cause your dashboard to crack and will fade and weaken seat covers. Invest in a reflective windscreen shield and some sunshades for your side windows as well. This will also help keep the temperature inside the car down.
Ensure your air-con is working well
If your car has air conditioning, make sure that it working optimally before the really hot weather sets in. If the air coming out of the vents doesn’t seem cold enough or if it has an odd smell, get a technician to take a look at it. It may need to be serviced and re-gassed.
Have your car washed and waxed
Direct summer sun can cause damage to the paintwork on your car but a good coat of wax can help prevent damage. Have your car thoroughly washed and waxed, especially if it tends to stand out in the sun a lot.
Stock your car with some summer essentials
Sunscreen, towels, hats and bottled water are just a few basic things that you might keep in your car throughout summer. Whether you’re planning daily excursions or longer road trips, it would be unpleasant to be caught somewhere on a hot day without access to water or sunscreen. A basic first aid kit is also a good idea.