As many of us start to look forward to the summer months, now’s a great time to ensure that our vehicles are ready. The warmer weather can take its toll on cars, and if you’re planning some driving holidays, you need to make sure that you’re really prepared and that you won’t be let down by poor organisation.
Not sure what you need to do first? Let’s take a look at some top tips for getting your car ready for the summer months.
Update your emergency supplies
Many people think that their emergency supplies kit is only really necessary during the winter months. It’s true that breaking down when it’s exceptionally cold can pose serious risks, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you don’t need to be prepared for when things go wrong during the summer. Now’s a great time to ensure that you’ll have everything you need. Some things that you might want to include are a charged mobile phone, a first aid kit, jump cables, a warm jacket, and water. Some non-perishable snacks could come in handy too, such as cereal bars and bags of crisps. It’s easy to put this task off for another day, because no one ever imagines that the worst will happen to them, but it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
Remove your snow tires
Snow tires can come in really handy during the icy months, especially if you have to use your car a lot and you’re worried about how it will handle in less than favourable conditions. It’s important though that you don’t use these all year round, as they’ll quickly be worn down if you’re using them during the summer. Visit your local garage and have snow tires changed for standard ones. Store them away in a safe place, where they won’t be damaged, until next winter.
Check your car airconditioning
It’s easy to forget just how stifling and uncomfortable it can be in cars during the summer months. Car aircons can be a saviour, but remember that you need to check that it’s still in full working order. Ideally, you’ll have kept it running during the winter, but if not, book in a service at the earliest possible opportunity. This will ensure that everything’s still functioning as it should. Sometimes, you may just need to invest in a couple of extra parts to keep it running to its full capacity. You’ll be able to find further details about air conditioning maintenance in your manual, so do refer to it before you make any big decisions. There are many specialist car aircon technicians who will be happy to help you.
Check your windscreen wipers
Your windscreen can get really dusty when the weather’s hotter, so make sure you check your wipers are fully functioning. This can help to prevent the danger of a dusty screen impairing your vision, which can of course lead to accidents. Make sure that you also check your water!
Summer should be a time for enjoying sunny weekends, visiting friends and family, and going on holiday. All of these things become so much easier though when you can have confidence in the fact that your vehicle is in full working order, and you’ve taken the appropriate steps to make sure that you’re fully prepared. Put these tips into action ASAP. It’ll be one less thing for you to worry about as you plan your busy summer schedule!