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Enjoying the roads this summer

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Enjoying the roads this summer

Now that we have put the clocks forward, it really does feel like summer is just around the corner.

But what does that mean for your car and you whilst driving? Here are a few of our top tips this summer:

Overheating


Cars are more likely to overheat in the long hot months. In order to make sure that overheating doesn’t ruin your journey, as well as cost you a small fortune, it is important to check you have enough engine coolant at regular intervals. In the summer, we would advise checking once a week in order to stay on top of this. It is also worth checking that your cooling fan is working correctly - to do this, start the engine up and leave running whilst parked. After five to ten minutes you should hear the fan automatically kick in, cooling the working engine.

Punctures


Higher temperatures can cause fresh issues to tyres and make existing issues worse. It is important to check your tyres often and take good care of them. Under inflated tyres are dangerous as friction problems can occur which can lead on to weak spots, punctures and possible blow outs. 

Hayfever


A large proportion of the population suffers from some sort of seasonal allergy. Hay fever can be controlled with medicines, as we all know, but it is important to make sure that any medicines you take are “non-drowsy”. Sneezing whilst driving at 70mph could mean you are driving with your eyes shut for up to 100 metres, so it is important that you prepare for journeys, especially when the pollen count is set to be high. Keep tissues close by, get someone else to drive if you are suffering badly, and make sure windows are closed, especially when driving by fields and highly pollen polluted areas. 

Sun glare


One of the worst possible side effects of a nice sunny day is the potential for bright, blinding glare. Keep some sunglasses in your car that offer adequate protection and visibility and clean the windscreen and your mirrors on a regular basis to help with any potential glare. 

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