Summer Driving: Protecting Your Car From Heat

Look after your car in summer

Summer driving is always fun, you're normally going somewhere exciting and the sun could be shining. However, car maintenance is important even when the temperature rises. It isn’t just us that feel the heat, it’s our cars too. Here's a few things you should do to make sure that you and your motor don’t suffer from heat stroke.

Probably the most sensible thing that you can do, especially if you are planning on using your car to go on holiday is to get a health check. So what could suffer from extreme temperatures?


Summer Driving Check 1: Coolant

Keeping every car cool is the fluid. Having the correct manufacturer approved mixture is a good start. After that it is up to you to check on the physical level when your engine is cold and watch the temperature gauge when in use. 

Summer Driving Check 2: Tyres

Cracks in your tyres aren't good and can result in a MOT failure, but high temperatures can dry them out further and increase the possibility of a puncture, or leak. 

Read our guide to everything you need to know about tyres


Summer Driving Check 3: Battery

We always associate cold weather with a battery failure. However, rising temperatures can evaporate the water inside your battery, degrading its performance.

Batteries also have a lot more to do in hot weather, keeping the car functioning and making greater demands on their power.

How to check your battery

Summer Driving Check 4: Fuel

Evaporation happens faster in heat, so we recommend parking your car in a garage when not in use or at least in some shade, which will marginally improve your fuel consumption.

Summer Driving Check 5: Oil

Always part of a service routine, changing the oil more regularly in the summer months if you cover a high mileage is certainly recommended. Oil is designed to lubricate and will degrade faster in extreme heat.

Summer Driving Check 6: Brakes

The hotter brakes become the less effective they are. If for instance you were motoring around a hilly area and constantly applying the brakes there would be a longer stopping distance as time goes on and you should allow for this.

So as the temperature rises there are more reasons than ever to pay close attention to how your car is behaving. Motors need sunscreen too…


Further Reading

Prevent car breakdowns with our top tips

How car servicing keeps your finances healthy

Where to go on a UK Road Trip?

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