Summertime is travel time. Before hitting the road this summer, with temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees across the country, you should take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. These tips will help you and your car get through summer like the bright sunshine itself.
Park it in a cool place
The sun and heat can be very damaging to a car and it’s the car’s exterior that is the most exposed part of the vehicle to the harsh rays of the sun and can have the most damaging effect as well.
To prevent your car’s paint job from fading and to keep your interior, headlights and tires in better shape, it is imperative that you avoid parking your vehicle completely exposed in the sun for long – park your car in a garage, under trees or somewhere where you can shield your car from the summer sun. If unavoidable, cover the car.
Its summer and many of you might be experiencing problems of an overheated engine, especially with the air-conditioner on. “An engine that runs too hot can damage the vehicle and threaten your safety, so it is important to regularly check the coolant reservoir and radiator.
In this way, you can ensure that your car has enough coolant and water. Check it once a week or on a daily basis before you head out on the road and also inspect the state of the hoses and the coolant reservoir. Keep an eye out for leaks, especially at joints and connection points, such as where a hose connects to the engine block,” advises Saurav Revankar, auto expert.
Also change belts and fluids on a regular basis, as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Check Tyre Pressure
Tires really need to be checked regularly all year round. According to Revankar, driving on tyres with lower than optimum pressure will result in the weight of the car deteriorating them, damaging the sidewall, increasing their pressure and increasing their sensitivity to damage.
“It is also important to wash your tires regularly and coat them in a protectant to withstand the summer heat. Keeping them clean and waxed will stop them from drying out or wearing too quickly,” says Revankar.
Air-conditioning is a summer essential. You must give the AC system a proper check before the summer’s reach their top if the system hasn’t been working properly. In cities like Delhi where the temperature goes up to 48°C, getting the AC fluid checked and giving it a proper diagnostic before the temperature rises any further will save you from a lot of trouble.
“Keep few pointers in mind like monitoring the AC’s condition on a regular basis – let the car’s AC run for a few minutes at least once a week, and not to switch on the air conditioner with the fresh air vent open and avoid operating the air conditioner with insufficient refrigerant gas in the system,” says Ravi Ved, auto expert.
Clean the Car
To protect your paint and remove dirt and dust particles that can cause micro scratches and dull your car’s finish, you need to keep your car clean and this means washing your car often during summer. Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight.