The high temperatures and busy holiday routes of summer put extra demands on both car and driver
We recommend the following pre-trip checklist before hitting the road this summer:
Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windscreen washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power.
Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
Check the tyres, including tyre pressure and tread. Underinflated tyres reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tyres should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
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