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Summer Safety Checks

Here in DoneDeal we understand the importance of carrying out vital safety checks on cars before setting off on summer journeys because its not just cold weather that causes issues, but also soaring heat! Basic car maintenance takes just a few minutes before setting off, but many motorists think their cars will be fine throughout the summer months. In actual fact, the summer months statistically cause more car breakdowns probably because people tend to go for longer journeys each weekend that the weather is decent. With that said keeping an eye on oil levels and engine coolant throughout the sunny days will help ensure cars remain cool and prevent them from overheating.

Checking the tyre pressure with an inexpensive pressure gauge will help keep summer drivers as safe as possible, as well as regularly making sure the battery has no leaks or cracks. With hundreds of bugs and flies hitting the windscreen, making sure the wipers are clean and the fluid is topped up, will ensure drivers have a clear view of the road ahead. Also with fuel levels dropping faster in the summer, it’s essential to keep an eye on the gauge and drivers should not rely on their usual estimations of when a trip to the petrol station is needed. Lets take it from the top with our summer safety tips.


Fluid Levels

Check the fluid levels of your car, including engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid. Make sure they are at the appropriate levels to avoid overheating, reduce friction and prolong the life of your car's engine. It is important to check the engine oil level regularly as it lubricates the engine and keeps it running smoothly. The coolant level should also be checked as it prevents the engine from overheating. Brake fluid is essential for proper brake function and should be checked regularly. Transmission fluid is important for smooth shifting and should be checked according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Lastly, make sure the windshield washer fluid is topped up to ensure clear visibility.


Tyre Pressure

Inspect your tyres for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or punctures. It is important to ensure that your tyres are in good condition before embarking on a long journey as it can affect your driving experience. Low pressure can lead to poor fuel efficiency, reduced tyre life, and compromised safety on the road. It is recommended to check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before any long journey. You can easily check the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle in the owner’s manual or on the sticker located on the driver’s side doorjamb. If the pressure is too low, use an air compressor to inflate them to the recommended level.


Battery

Even when cars aren’t being driven, the heat can still badly damage vehicle batteries. Although dead batteries are often associated with cold temperatures, drivers need to be aware that hot weather can also put strains on batteries. Check there are no leaks or cracks before setting off. Many garages also offer free battery health checks.

Windscreen

Make sure to clean off bug splats and dirt on windscreens and mirrors, especially on hot days when the bright sun can affect the driver's vision. Check that the windscreen wash is topped up and the wiper blades are in a good condition to keep a clear view of the road ahead.

Air Conditioning

Make sure that your air conditioning system is working well by testing it before you embark on your journey. Consider getting it serviced if you haven't done so in a while. A properly functioning air conditioning system can make a big difference in keeping you cool and comfortable on hot summer days. It is important to note that the air conditioning system should be used regularly, even during the winter months, to ensure that it is working properly when you need it most. If your air conditioning system is not cooling as it should, it may be due to a refrigerant leak or a faulty compressor and should be inspected by a professional mechanic.

Fuel

Before setting off in the summer months it’s crucial to watch out for dropping fuel levels. When the weather gets warmer, vehicle fuel levels tend to fall a lot quicker than they would usually. Don’t rely on usual estimations on when the car needs filling up, and instead keep a close eye on the gauge.


Utilising Traffic Apps

Use traffic apps such as Google Maps or Waze, which can help you navigate through congested routes and find alternative routes in real-time. Keep your smartphone charged and mounted to your dashboard to avoid distractions while driving. If your car has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto please use it for the best navigation.


Taking Regular Breaks

Driving for long hours in the heat can be tiring and lead to fatigue. Taking regular breaks to stretch, walk around, and cool off can help you stay refreshed and alert while driving. Plan your breaks in advance and factor them into your journey time. Look for rest stops or parks along your route where you can take a break and enjoy some fresh air. During your breaks, make sure to stay in the shade and avoid direct sunlight. You can also do some light stretches or exercises to help improve blood flow and reduce stiffness. Remember to always stay hydrated and alert on the road.


Practicing Patience and Courtesy

Remember that everyone is trying to get to their destination too, so patience and courtesy can go a long way in navigating summer traffic. Drive defensively, maintain a safe following distance, and use your indicators to signal your intentions on the road.


Conclusion

With these DoneDeal top tips for summer driving, you can ensure that your summer road trips are safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Remember to prepare your car for the trip, stay cool and hydrated, and navigate the traffic with patience and courtesy. Have a safe and happy summer driving!


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