Prepare your car for the summer

Summer is officially here. No kidding, just look out your window. It's a great time to head out on a driving vacation, or just enjoy the great outdoors. But before you let the good times roll, and put your car through some extreme heat and long drives, you need to be sure that your car is in top shape. Cracked hoses, a leaking radiator, under-inflated tyres and clogged filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown of your car. Here are some simple tips to check the health of your car before heading out for that driving holiday.

TYRES

A car’s tyres are the only part that come in direct contact with the road but easily the most neglected part. The summers can be really harsh on tyres hardening the rubber sidewalls and causing irreparable damage. A good way to check the health of your tyres is by a simple visual check to see if there are any cuts on the surface.   

The simplest check is getting the air pressure inflated to the level recommended in your owner's manual. Summer heat increases the pressure in tyres (by 5-6 psi), so make sure you check the pressure before driving far. Don't forget to check your spare as well. Over inflating the tyres might lead to tyre bursts.