Whilst we all enjoy taking trips out in the car during the summer months, the warm weather presents all new challenges for our cars and the way we drive. What’s more is that this Summer is unique, in that we’ve all been ‘cooped up’ in our homes during the pandemic, meaning there will be more people keen to get out on the roads. Therefore, it’s even more important than usual to make sure you’ve done what you can to prepare your car, and are taking to the roads safely this Summer.
SLM Toyota have saved you the hassle of doing research, and created this page to offer a few helpful pointers on how to prepare yourself for summer driving.
And if you want to be extra sure that your car is ready for summer, SLM Toyota have got you covered with our Summer Health Check offer, which you can find out more on here.
It's always a good idea to spend a minute or two just taking a look at your car for any damage. Check your weel arches, underneath the car, and the bonnet for any loose parts, obvious damage, and of course sleeping animals.
2021 is the year of the staycation! Luckily Toyota have got your back, and offer a range of accessories built perfectly for your Toyota, ready for when you get out to explore the UK! See here for more information.
Hot summer air, whilst pleasant as it is to sit in with a glass of something nice, also brings dust and pollen with it, and this can stick to your car. A regular sponge wash to the exterior, and a once over with bleach-free antibacterial wipes in the interior, will go a long way.
You never know when things could go wrong whilst you’re out on the road. So, it’s always a good idea to keep a safety-kit in the boot, just in case. This should include things like a first-aid kit, a road warning triangle, and a hi-vis vest.
Residue and corrosion can build up on brakes after time, which should be removed periodically to ensure they stay at optimum effectiveness. Find a quiet area of road, crawl along slowly, and gentle apply pressure to the brakes a few times.
With many cars having been stationary for longer than usual over lockdown, it’s important that when starting up for the first time, to make sure you let the engine warm up, reacclimatise, and restore any lost battery power. Start up, and give your car 20 minutes or so before driving.
Much like us, your car needs fluids to run effectively. Regularly check engine oil levels, brake fluid, and your windscreen washer levels, and top up accordingly. This is especially important before long distance journeys.
Make sure to check type pressure frequently, and particularly before long distance journeys. You can find the recommended type pressure for your Toyota either on the inside of your door, or in your maintenance guide. Oh, and remember to check the spare too!
We hope you find our summer driving tips useful. Remember, if you need any support of help with Toyota, contact your local SLM Toyota Centre, and we’ll be happy to help.
And remember, if you want that extra peace of mind that your car is safe and secure ahead of the summer months, SLM Toyota have you covered with our Summer Health Check offer, which you can find out more on here.
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