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Seasonal tyres

Mount summer tires

Mount your summer tyres

Mount your summer tyres: If you use winter tyres during the winter months, remember to change to your summer set once average temperatures rise above 10 °C. Summer tyres will offer a performance boost on dry roads. Remember to store your winter tyres: use proper storage bags, placing the on their sides. Ask your tyre dealer for more information on off- season storage options.

Check your pressure

Check your pressure

Check your pressure: tyres will deflate quicker in warmer conditions, so it’s even more important to regularly check your pressure during the summer. Under-inflated tyres will generate more heat while driving, raising the tyre’s rolling resistance to the detriment of fuel economy.

Check your pressure

Check your fluid levels

Check your fluid levels: It is essential to make sure your oil, coolant, brake and washer fluid levels are consistent with your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. You may wish to use a thicker compound engine oil in warmer weather, as it will be less affected by heat.

Check your battery health

Check your battery health

Check your battery health: Warmer weather can mean extra workload for your battery. Older batteries can come under particular strain during the summer. You might want to have your battery tested to see if it needs replacing or recharging.

Be ready for rough weather

Be ready for rough weather

The summer season can still mean changeable weather. From heavy rain, strong winds and fog to extreme weather events like storms and hurricanes, the warmer months bring their own set of climate challenges. Driving skills such as knowing how to deal with skids, and how to make steering corrections in dangerous winds, are important.

Change your tires

Change your tyres

Motorists who live in countries that experience heavy winter snowfall, or regularly experience temperatures below 7 °C, are advised to used a set of dedicated winter tyres.

For those living and driving in areas where roads frequently ice over, studded tyres may be an option. While not permissible by law everywhere, studded or spiked tyres can help make driving possible in extreme winter conditions. Remember that they must be removed in the spring in order to prevent road damage.

Change your oil

Change your oil

Special winter grade oil will make your car easier to start on those frosty mornings. Consider changing your oil to a lighter compound before the mercury drops, especially if you have been using a thicker oil during the summer months.

Check your essential equipment

Check your essential equipment

Check your essential equipment: Your vehicle’s brakes, heater and defroster should all be functioning perfectly for optimal comfort and confidence in the cold.

It is also essential to monitor your antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. The coolant system in your radiator should contain a 50/50 ratio of water to antifreeze. If you are not sure, have it checked at your local garage or use a simple home testing kit. Meanwhile, ensure you are using a wiper fluid suitable for cold conditions, and consider replacing your wiper blades if they show signs of wear.

Rinse of road salt

Rinse off road salt

Rinse off road salt: The salt and grit used to keep roads ice-free can quickly corrode your vehicle. If you’ve driven over roads treated in this way, it’s important to regularly rinse and wash your car’s body of salt and chemicals.

Slow down

Slow down

Slow down: Reduce your speed in winter conditions and allow more time for every journey. Increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front. Take the time to learn driving skills such as handling skids and controlling your vehicle on ice.