Keen travellers are preparing for summer trips, but having seen one of the wettest winters on record and with the hottest summer coming up, they ought to take a look over their vehicles and see what damage the changing weather has caused.
The flooding that devastated the south is one of the most noteworthy hurdles that drivers would have faced this year, although the north will still have been met by snow and ice in the first part of the year.
Summer may here now and the warmer weather has come with it, but as some have predicted that it could be the hottest in years, that too can have an impact on the state of your vehicle.
It’s worth familiarising yourself with the kind of damage that can occur to your vehicle in different weather conditions and also what might happen to the roads.
Following the damage from winter weather, many roads may have more potholes than usual as local councils work on repairs. This can be damaging to your vehicle’s suspension, wheel alignment and tyres. In which case, you can book your vehicle in for acar service to have these problems fixed.
Of course, the UK is known to be wet and can still face flooding, particularly when driving in rarely used roads in the countryside or off-roading. When drivers go off the beaten track, getting through floodwater may be unavoidable and so they will need to be prepared for what this might do to their cars.
If immersed in water, engines are at risk of damage, particularly diesel and turbo-charged engines. Flooding can cause cars to stall, however if you can get out of the water quickly then your engine may be salvageable. Just be sure to drain any oil that is contaminated by the water.
Of course the hot weather will tempt people to go to the beach to enjoy the sunshine, but they should be aware that this can be troublesome for their cars too. If temperatures are particularly high then be aware that this can put strain on your whole vehicle and be prepared for dry rot on your tyres.
Hot weather can damage your tyres and dry them out. Additionally, the air pressure in your tyres can increase and cause them to overinflate, meaning you will be travelling on less surface area and will cause the centre of your tyres to wear out faster. Therefore, keep an eye on your tread depth over the summer.
When winter rolls around again, if the UK ends up seeing a lot of snow, ice and particularly cold temperatures then a number of vehicles may get damaged.
One of the common problems that drivers run into is their battery dying. Starting up your car requires the most strain from your battery and, if you are using an old one, you are more at risk of killing the charge. It is for this reason that it is worth carrying jump leads with you so that you have a short-term solution if this happens to you. Nevertheless, if a driver has their battery die on them then it is time to get it changed.