Come rain or shine: our top 5 summer driving tips
Summer has arrived, the UK lockdown measures are being eased, and your car is just begging to be taken out for a spin! But before you dive behind the wheel, take a look at our summer driving tips. Although there’s less chance of adverse weather conditions, summer driving can pose its own challenges. Here are the main things to look out for:
1. Check your car
Soaring temperatures and longer journeys can put extra demand on different areas of your car, so it’s important to check over your vehicle before you think about setting off. Look at all areas of your car, with special attention to your:
· Battery – Look out for any signs that your car battery is running out of juice, especially if you haven’t used your vehicle much during the lockdown period. Most batteries have a life span of five years, so check your service schedule to see when it was last replaced.
· Tyres – Ensure your tyres are neither over nor under-inflated, and also check for legal tread depth and any damage. Adjust your tyre pressure if necessary – especially if you’re packing your car full of equipment for a summer camping trip!
· Fluid levels – Ensure your oil and coolant are topped up to keep your engine running smoothly, and also check your windscreen washer levels high to ensure good visibility.
2. Plan your journey
The roads get busier during the summer, and this is even more likely for 2020, with staycations currently being favoured over flying. Pack a road map and plan your route before you start driving, and don’t forget to take a bottle of water (or two) to keep you hydrated, cool and alert.
3. Heat and hay fever
As temperatures begin to rise, you’ll likely be reacquainting yourself with your air-con system. Check that it’s working correctly before setting off on a long journey – you might need it re-gassing. If you book an Air Con Refresh at Quick Lane, we will not only top up the gas but will also sanitise the system to clean out any bacteria and pollen – helping you keep hay fever at bay!
4. Prepare for all weather conditions
Despite the overall improvement in weather, we all know that the “great” British summer often brings with it a fair share of rain – causing reduced visibility and road grip. If you get caught in a downpour, make sure to keep your distance from the vehicle in front and travel at a safe speed to reduce the possibility of aquaplaning.
5. Look out for potholes
Harsh winter weather followed by spring showers can lead to Public Enemy Number One: the pothole. These menaces can result in expensive damage to your car, including punctures, damaged alloys and suspension problems. Slow down to give yourself extra visibility of the road, but never swerve to avoid a pothole. If you think you have damaged your tyres or wheel alignment, contact your local Quick Lane centre – our friendly team will get you back on the road in no time!
Take on summer in style with Quick Lane
If you want that added peace of mind that your car is in tip-top condition, due to the long period of being off the road, book in at your local Quick Lane today. We’re ready and waiting to make sure your car is fully prepared for the summer road trips ahead!
Did you know that we offer a free Summer Safety Check with every visit? This visual, multi-point inspection of your vehicle includes wheels and tyres, brakes, battery, wiper blades, oil and oil filter, drive train, steering, and suspension.
Find your local centre here: https://www.quicklane.co.uk/find-a-centre