How to look after your car in summer


Now that we are in the height of the summer, you will understandably want to spend as much time out in the great weather as possible. One of the best ways to help you do just this is by driving, so it only makes sense that you should prepare your workhorse so that it doesn’t let you down. Here are some handy tips for car care to ensure it’s ready to take on the summer completely problem free.

Don’t dread checking your tyre tread
Commonly ranking among the most overlooked aspect of vehicle maintenance, not keeping an eye on your tyre tread could result in a sizeable bill at the garage, or even some points on your licence. If you are wondering how to check tyre tread, all you have to do is measure the level of tread left on the tyre; there should be a flat groove running around the tyre, so measure how deep this groove is. It’s worth bearing in mind that the legal limit for tread depth in Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre. 

If you aren’t doing so already, you ought to get into regularly checking your tyre pressures as part of your car care. If your tyres are underinflated, it puts pressure on the sidewall and, with enough heat, they could even blow out completely. A tyre with too much pressure means that there will be significantly less contact with the road, meaning that the chance of aquaplaning is considerably higher. Fortunately, the tyre pressures for all used and new Ford models can be found in the vehicle’s manual, on the driver’s door or inside the fuel cap.

Replace your windscreen wipers
While the need for wipers may seem fairly redundant while the sun is shining, it’s always worth ensuring they are in good condition should they need to be called upon – especially if you get caught out by the notorious unpredictability of the British weather. If your wipers are leaving marks, or take a few swipes to remove even the lightest of rain, it’s time to replace them with new ones.

Check your brakes
Undoubtedly the most important aspect, the brakes of your car will keep you safe and their ability to function should never be taken for granted. While you would certainly take your car to an official Ford dealer if your brakes need replacing, there are a few tell-tale signs to keep an eye out for to ensure they aren’t on the brink. The first place to check is the brake pedal and if it is either very soft, too hard or resistant, or is sitting abnormally high or low, it’s time to get them checked out.

Give your car a thorough clean
You can be forgiven for being less regimented with your car care routine during the winter months, but when the days are long, you will always want your vehicle looking its very best, both inside and out. While the exterior can be cleaned with soap and water, car care for the interior is a more drawn-out affair. As your car will get particularly dirty around the centre console and between the dashboard and windscreen, you will want to ensure you dust thoroughly; it will make a huge difference when the sun shines into a clean cockpit!

Another aspect to clean thoroughly is the car mats, each time taking them out of the car and shaking off all dirt. If there are any stubborn bits, use the stiff brush attachment on your hoover to leave them looking as good as new.

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