If you love hitting the road in the weekends, and would like to make the most out of your car in the warm sunshine, start getting your favorite companion ready for the challenge. From carrying out the essential checks to updating the interior and protecting your bodywork, there are several things you might not have thought about. Find a few tips below on how to get your car look and feel ready for the summer road trips.
Check the Fluid Levels
During the winter, you are likely to use more oil, antifreeze, and windscreen washer, not to mention that the coolant levels might drop once the weather turns warmer. To carry out this check, you will need to open the bonnet and locate the right containers. If you haven’t had your oil changed in the past year, it might be time to visit your Auto Repair company that can advise you on the best lubricants and oil for your car.
Give It an Interior Valet
During the winter, you are likely to bring a lot of mud and dirt in your car, not to mention that you will be more likely to carry your four-legged companions with you in the car, instead of walking. Use a vacuum cleaner, a steam cleaner, and carpet washer with the right accessories, so you can renew the upholstery. Dust your car and give it a bit of a shine, using car interior cleaners.
Check Electrical Equipment
If you keep on getting error messages, or some of your light switches are not working, you might have an electrical fault, and need to visit your specialist service. It is better to test that your heater, your air conditioner, and your lights are working properly than finding out that they are faulty when you are already halfway across the country.
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Car exterior paints are extremely sensitive to sunshine, and if you want to park and drive in the heat, you will need to apply specialist car wax on your paintwork. Some substances will even get rid of small scratches, and prevent damage by hailstone and gravel splashes. Restore the shine of your headlights, using a car headlight shine solution.
Get the Battery, Tires, Tracking, and Brakes Checked
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It is important to get your car checked before you would hit the highway and embark on a long journey. Visit your car service to get your steering and tracking checked, as well as the brakes. If you fail to keep them in good working order, you might end up having an accident. If your battery fails, in the best case, you will need to ask a fellow driver to give you a boost, but you might get stuck on the side of the country road in the middle of the night. If your tires don’t have adequate threading, you can find it harder to stop when you need to.
Whether you’re driving a new car or an old family favorite, you need to get it ready for the challenges of the summer to make the most out of your trips.