It's finally summer, and you can't wait to showcase your new motor by driving around in the sunshine. Yet we need to bear in mind the damage that hot weather could do to our cars; you may be surprised to learn that it's not only our skin we need to shield from the sun's rays! Here are a few ways you can protect your car this summer.
1. Keep fluids topped up
Your car's fluids are used up at a quicker rate than usual in high heat. Make sure to keep your car's oil, coolant and transmission fluids topped up at all times to prevent damage.
2. Test the battery
Have you ever had a car fail to start in hot weather? Using the air conditioning more during the summer months can place a higher load on the car's battery. Testing the battery and its charging system every summer will help to keep your vehicle running as it should.
3. Protect the paintwork
The sun ages your car's paintwork, so park it in shady spots to minimise its exposure to sunlight. Hand wash and dry it regularly to clean off bugs, tar and grime, and then wax it to provide an extra layer of protection against the sun's rays.
4. Check your tyres regularly
There is a higher risk of under-inflated tyres bursting in hot weather, so check your tyre pressure at least once a month and top up regularly. Readings will be more accurate early in the morning when temperatures are cooler.
5. Clean the air filters
Dry weather means more dust and debris is in the air, so make sure to check that your air filters aren't clogged. Failing to do this could damage the sensor that helps to regulate fuel and air levels in your vehicle.