There are certain things that you’ve got to look for in all of the different seasons when it comes to maintaining the health of your car. Winter requires you to check your tread, ensure that you have suitable amounts of blankets and foods in the back to keep you going should you get stranded, and possibly change your tires over to those more suitable to deal with snow. But what about Summer?
Check Your Fluid Levels
As the weather starts to get warmer, it’s essential that you check over the fluids that keep your car ticking. From washer fluid to get the summer dust off your screen to coolant levels to keep your car going (and avoid blowing up your head gasket, which is a hefty price to get fixed), everything needs checking over. Even things that you might not even think of, like your steering fluid and oil levels, will need checking over just in case, and topping up if they are looking low. If you car has recently been in for a service, you will still need to double-check. Spikes in temperature can do weird things to cars.
Check Your Tire Pressure
So just how important is tire pressure? Well, in the whole scheme of things, it’s very important indeed. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to keep them well-inflated to ensure your fuel-efficiency. Not just that, but it will help your tires to last for longer. Keeping your tires in tip-top condition isn’t something to think about – it’s something to actually do. It takes minutes to get your tires up to the right PSI (pounds per square inch, in terms of air) and make sure that your car is moving along the way that it should be. The correct PSI for your vehicle may change between tires at the front and back of your car; you should check your manufacturer’s guide for more instructions or look it up online.
Check Your Lights
It’s easy enough to know if your lights are correctly working when you’re driving round on a darker day – and these sorts of days are plentiful in the winter months. It’s less obvious in the summer if you’re driving around when it’s light, but it’s important that you do regular checks just to see that your headlights, brakes lights and indicators are working – just in case you have to drive around in the dark.
Check Your Brake Pads
Pads and discs can wear away quickly, although these are usually picked up at your yearly service – your mechanic will be able to give you a breakdown of what work needs doing.. If you haven’t had your car serviced in a while, you will need to get a qualified mechanic to check to see if yours are putting your safety at risk. Anything above 70% worn will need to be replaced ASAP. It’s imperative that this is something that is checked regularly to keep on top of it before it becomes too hazardous and dangerous for you to be able to drive around.