Summer is here. Mercury is soaring
higher and higher. This is not only worrisome for us, the humans but also
for cars and other vehicles. During this time, cars need an extra bit of
care and servicing, without which they start throwing tantrums in an
untimely manner making things very difficult for all of us. So, in order to
keep your car cool and glowing in the pink of its health, follow a few
simple car care tips for summer.
Excessive summer heat increases tire pressure of your car. Additionally,
overinflated tires also make hydroplaning more likely when it rains (which
is so common in tropical countries like India during hot summer months). So,
get the tire pressure checked before you take the car too far. Do not forget
to test your spare tire as well, because you never know when you need them.
Check the fuel tank, or for that matter, the oil in it after running the car
engine for a while. It should appear clean on the testing stick and be at a
sufficient level. This is one of the most important tips to take care of
cars during summer.
Check your car hose connections more frequently in summer for possible
leaks and damages. Sweating while sitting inside a car during hot summer
days, even if for a few seconds, is very pathetic. So, keep a watch on your
car air conditioning system. If you see cold vapors coming out of its
outlets, then get it checked by a mechanic - you never know, that may be
indicative of low refrigerant levels.
Get a new pair of windshield-wiper blades, because thunderstorms cropping
up without any warning is a common thing in summer. And if the wiper blades
are comparatively new, clean them properly with a good quality washer
Car servicing during summer is very essential. Making a service stop
improves your car's fuel economy, at least by 4 to 12 per cent. So, do
schedule a trip to the nearest car workshop before it turns too hot.
Put the burden off your car - keep it clean as much as possible. An extra
100 pounds of burden on your vehicle could reduce its
by up to 2%. But do not forget to keep your bare necessities
ready with you in your car emergency kit.
Give your car a wash every alternate day. A thorough car wash during summer
helps your car to keep to its cool when the sun shines bright and hot. A
good car wax in summer also helps to protect the exterior paint of a
Car parking during summer needs careful consideration on your part. Park
your car in a shady place, as the summer heat causes car gas to evaporate at
a much faster rate. Investing in a good windshield shade is also a good idea
for summer driving.
Finally, the speed limit. Keep a check on your speed while driving. Summer
or no summer, driving at excessively high speed affects your car's gas
mileage quite significantly.
So, follow these few essential summer care tips for car, and keep enjoying
a cool drive this season.