The Summer is here, and what better way to spend it than out on the open road. It’s the perfect time to pack up the car, strap your loved ones in safely and head off on that much longed for road trip. Before getting all packed up it is most important that your car is Summer ready.
ZEETEX UK have compiled a list of some simple Summer Car Maintenance tips that will make sure you are ready to hit the road.
Keep your cool: Staying cool is important not just for you, but also for your car. Beyond checking the level of coolant fluid in your car, be sure to inspect the state of the hoses and coolant reservoir to keep an eye out for leaks.
Check your engine belts: There is usually a serpentine belt that runs between the alternator, the fan and several other components. It can deteriorate, become loose, start to squeal, and sometimes just break for no apparent reason. It needs to be in good condition and at the right amount of tension. If you see cracks in the belt or small pieces missing, it’s time to replace the belt.
Stay hydrated: It is as important for the car to stay hydrated as it is the passengers. Beyond checking the level of coolant fluid in your car, be sure to inspect the state of the hoses and coolant reservoir to keep an eye out for leaks. Check oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluids regularly. These liquids never stop being used and consumed.
Check the brakes: How are the brakes on your car feeling in general? Are they lacking in bite? Feeling a bit spongy? If so, new pads and a system bleed might be required. This is the kind of maintenance you should have your mechanic or dealership take care of.
Make sure your wipers are working properly: Whether there is a heatwave or monsoon rain, make sure your wipers are working adequately. If the wipers are worn they can affect your driving vision. This can be a fiddly operation so perhaps ask your mechanic/dealer to do this for you.
Tyre Pressure: High temperature and climate can deflate car tyres. Check each tyre frequently and add air as necessary for a safer trip. Check your manual for levels specific to your vehicle, treads should be free of stones, stray nails and the like, and all four should be in good condition. Good condition means no cracks, no uneven wear (this might be caused by a suspension problem) and plenty of tread depth. And make sure to check your spare tyre too.
Keep the driver and passengers cool and hydrated too: It can get hot out there so make sure everyone’s cool and hydrated. Make sure to check your air-conditioning is working properly, and when parked up for a while, try to find shade, so the car stays cool, to make it a comfortable journey for everyone. It’s better to make a few more bathroom breaks and stretch your legs than to end up cranky and tired.
To drive safely and in full comfort on your Summer road trip, make sure your car is equipped with ZEETEX tyres. Why not fit your car with ZEETEX ZT4000 4S – All Seasons
Tyres with specially engineered “All Weather” compound ensures outstanding performance & safety year-round. https://zeetextyres.co.uk/tyres/passenger-car-tyres/zt4000-4s-all-seasons/