Top Tips

With summer on its way, we want to help both you and your car be as prepared as you possibly can. After all, the last thing you want is to be stuck on the hard shoulder in the middle of a hot summer's day. Here's our advice for preventing a summer breakdown, and stocking up for the inevitable summer jams.

Stay cool

Make sure your cooling system has been checked recently. The last thing you want is for your car to overheat. You should also get your air conditioning topped up every two years. That way you stay cool, as well as your car.

Check your wipers

As you know, the British weather is unpredictable to say the least. Even in the middle of summer you should make sure your wipers are doing their job, and aren't showing signs of splitting. You should also remember to top up your wiper fluid, and check the jets.

Look out for tired tyres

Be sure that your tyres are roadworthy, otherwise you could be in for a nasty surprise. Check the pressure of the tyres and make sure the tread is at the legal depth. The minimum legal tread depth for cars is 1.6mm. If your tyres are unevenly worn, you may need to get your wheels electronically aligned.

Be prepared

Make sure you're kitted up in the event of an emergency. Check that your spare tyre is ok, and remember to have your jack and and wheel brace handy. You should also check that they're working properly.

Remember the essentials

You should always carry additional engine oil and water in your car, especially during the summer. Remember to look after yourself as well. Take water and other drinks and snacks with you, even in seemingly short journeys - you never know when those jams will strike. You might want to remember the sun tan lotion as well, just in case the worst happens and you breakdown.

Other handy tips

Regularly check your oil and coolant levels. If you're not sure how to do this. simply check your owner's handbook.

Be sure that your lights are working properly. It's easy to forget about these when the evenings are lighter for longer.

Remember where your spare keys are. That way you won't be rushing around and panicking if anything happens to your normal set.