Prepare your car for the summer

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The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can remove the sheen from your car’s paintwork. Ideally you should try and park the car under a tree’s shade if you can or use the basement if your office has one. The best thing to do though is get a good wax/polish job done which provides a thin but very vital protective layer between your car’s paintwork and the harsh sun rays.

The sun’s harmful UV rays affect the rubber wipers, which tend to harden leading to scratches on the glass surface as well as that irritating screeching noise. Sand and dirt carried by the wind can get deposited on the blades, reducing their effectiveness.

Thankfully, it's quite easy to maintain wiper blades; all you need to do is wipe the blade. Use a damp piece of cloth soaked in soap water to gently clean the blades. It would also be a good idea to get rid of the sludge on the windscreen glass by wiping with light soap solution. Use a shampoo at home if you do not want to buy an expensive windscreen cleaner, but don't use strong detergent.

(Words: Ashish Masih, Photos: Nitin Rose)