Your Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

Is your car road trip ready? Get ready for summer with our comprehensive car maintenance checklist.

Summer is here, and you’re daydreaming about your upcoming road trip. You’ve got your route planned, your snack ideas sorted, and your holiday destinations booked. While you’re gearing up for road trips and sunny adventures, you need to ensure your car is in top-notch condition. Read our comprehensive summer car maintenance guide below so you can enjoy a smooth ride.

1. Check fluids: Hydration for your ride

Keep your car hydrated. Start by inspecting all your essential car fluids. Proper fluid levels ensure optimal performance, and prevent potential breakdowns. Don’t let the summer heat overheat your car. Be sure to check the following:

  • Engine oil.
  • Coolant.
  • Brake fluid.
  • Windscreen fluid. 

2. Tyre TLC

Your tyres keep your car moving on the right track. As the only point of your car’s contact with the road, your tyres serve an important purpose. Good tread depth and traction on your tyres is the best thing you can do for the safety of you, and your passengers. Be sure to perform regular tyre checks. 

  • Check your  tyre pressure.
  • Rotate your tyres.
  • Get your wheel alignment checked. 

3. Power up your battery 

The scorching summer heat can take a toll on your car battery. High temperatures accelerate chemical reactions inside your battery, causing corrosion. Check your battery for signs of corrosion, especially during summer months. 

Corrosion can hinder the performance of your battery. If your battery is showing signs of extensive wear, or is more than 3 years old, get it tested or replaced for worry-free travels.

4. Stop, pause and stay safe

Your brakes are your car’s most important safety feature. Without brakes, you wouldn’t have the ability to control your car’s speed and bring it to a stop. Poor brakes will put you and other road users at significant risk.

Inspect the brake pads and brake fluid regularly. If you notice any squeaking or grinding when you brake, it’s time for a professional inspection.

5. Keep your engine cool

As temperatures rise, your engine needs to work even harder. This means your cooling system has an even bigger challenge. To prevent overheating, check that your radiator, hoses, and thermostat are in good condition.

6. Secure your ride with a Motor Warranty

Even with regular servicing and maintenance, mechanical and electrical breakdowns can still happen. Those unexpected expenses can put a ding in your budget.

Don’t leave your journey to chance. Your summer adventures deserve the best protection. Our Motor Warranty protects your wallet from budget-breaking mechanical and electrical breakdowns. Drive with confidence and enjoy every mile: we’ve got you covered!

Contact us today for a personalised Motor Warranty quote. 

Cover for you and for your car.

Bidvest Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products to meet both your personal and vehicular needs.

Insurance options for you:

  • Cyber Rescue
  • Panic Alert
  • Legal Angel
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Insurance options for your car:

  • Scratch and Dent
  • Tyre Angel
  • Theftbuster Plus
  • Warranty
  • Driver Assist
  • Key Angel

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