With Summer fast approaching you may have wondered how the warmer seasons affect your vehicle. In truth, cars should be cared for all year round but below we have compiled a few priorities we think you should consider first during the hotter months of the year.
- Replace old,worn out tyres
- Replace windscreen wipers
- Clean your vehicle
Replace old, worn out tyres
Car tyre distributors offer two types of tyres, some specified for Winter and others specified for Summer. The reason for this is that the different tyres possess different tread grooves, rubber compounds and width to suit different weather conditions. Having tyres suited for the weather increases safety and efficiency for that time of year.
May is thought to be the perfect time to change them to prepare for the upcoming weather, the summer tyres provide greater grip, high driving stability on road corners and optimal mileage performance.
Winter has a history of more hazardous conditions as the ice, snow and rain caused by freezing temperatures means that the drivers can struggle to take full control of their vehicle, winter tyres have deeper tread grooves starting at 8-9mm, greater number of edges inside the grooves and overall better handling on wet and icy surfaces.
During the hotter months these tyres aren’t necessary and the summer tyres offer flexibility that winter tyres can’t match. The summer tyres are extremely safe at any temperature above seven degrees compared to winter tyres that can handle temperatures below the seven degree mark.
Contact a salvage dealer for tyres that you require. Cars that have often been scrapped have near new tyres, these are tyres that can be saved and safely sold on for a lower price. If you can’t afford brand new summer tyres then you can find more affordable options about.
Replacing windscreen wipers
The increased temperatures often means that the moisture on your vehicle dries quicker compared to winter months. If you have old worn windscreen wipers then it would be in your best interest to get new wipers fitted as there is nothing worse than driving on the road and attempting to clean your windscreen just for the water to smear and leave your vision obstructed by the sun reflecting of streaks of water in front of you.
Clean your vehicle
Cleaning your car and removing unwanted dirt is important to protect the paint of your vehicle and to minimise rust. Regularly cleaning your car will keep the body in good shape, protect the future resale value of your car and minimise risk of erosion on the paint by harmful chemicals, salts and bugs.
If you live by the sea or regularly travel on back-country roads your vehicle may require more TLC compared to someone who leaves their vehicle in the garage. The recommended amount of time for someone who travels on the dirtier roads about should consider washing their vehicle every two to three weeks throughout the year.