Prepare Your Car for the Summer

May 17, 2017
car maintenance, auto revision, driving lessons

With summer right around the corner, you are probably thinking about the school that is coming to end and the activities you'll soon be able to do. Nevertheless, have you thought about the maintenance of your car? The winter season is often hard for the mechanics of the car and for its bodywork. Regular maintenance is the key to its longevity. The good season is therefore the best time to make small checks. Here are some tracks that will prepare your car for your road trip this summer!

Clean the Interior

After a long winter spent in the car, it is safe to assume it needs a good cleaning.  Most people accumulate many items on the floors and unused seats of their vehicle, from trash to coffee, extra blankets to ice scrapers. Take an hour one afternoon and clean out everything from inside the car.  Don’t forget to look under the seats and in the trunk.  Once all the items have been removed, give the interior a good vacuuming and wipe down the consoles with a microfiber rag. 

Clean the Exterior

As soon as the warmer weather begins, it is the perfect time to wash your car. Salt and other debris left traces on the car bodywork during the winter. Whether you choose an automatic car wash or you take a good old bucket of soapy water and a rag, know that the important thing is to rub well to prevent rust and other damage to the paint. Accumulations of dirt will prevent seeing these imperfections.

Check the Air Conditioning System and Fluid Levels

The air conditioning system is about to get some serious use so it pays to have it looked at to make sure it is up to par.  The same can be said about fluid levels, including oil, windshield washer fluid, power steering and coolant.  If your car is due for an oil change, many oil changing places will check these levels and systems for you, often complimentary.  This should be considered mandatory car maintenance each season. 

Change the Tires and Check Tire Pressure

As soon as temperatures exceed 7 oC, this indicates that it is time to change your winter tires. Summer tires are designed to give you traction on both wet and dry roads.  Save those winter tires for next season when they are needed again.  Be sure to clean and store them properly though so they will be ready to use. 

It is also important to check the tire pressure to ensure they are filled to the manufacturer's recommendations.  This is both a safety measure as well as a way to improve the cars gas mileage. 

 

If you dream to drive in your first car the next summer, don’t wait anymore, and come and follow your first driving lessons with professionals. Visit the Access Driving School website to make an appointment!

 

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