Now that the longer days have arrived, it’s time to start getting ready to put our summer plans into action. Whether those plans include a road trip or not, now is a great time to make sure your Suzuki car is ready for summer too. There’s no better time to check that everything is as it should be on your vehicle and book any Suzuki servicing you might need. Here is everything to look for so you can enjoy a relaxing and fun summer without worry.
Check your tyres
Nothing puts a downer on a road trip - or any drive - like a flat tyre. Save yourself from unnecessary delays by checking your tyres before you head off on a big trip. The winter months usually bring more changeable road conditions, which can cause wear and tear on tyres. Check for adequate inflation and tread depth, as well as any obvious signs of wear.
If you’ve been using winter tyres to take your Suzuki on adventures during the colder months, now is the time to switch them back to summer or all-season ones. Although you might not think you need to change the tyres, winter tyres are designed for cooler temperatures and will wear much more quickly in the warmer months.
Turn on the air conditioning
There’s a good chance that you haven’t had any need to use your Suzuki’s air conditioning for a while. Whether that’s the case or not, it’s a good idea to check it before the heat wave arrives so you don’t find yourself stuck with nothing but hot air from the window for ventilation. Make sure the air coming out is cool, and book a check-up if the air feels warmer than it should or you notice any unusual sounds when you switch the air conditioning on.
Make sure your wipers are working
The winter months and rainy weather can put extra pressure on your Suzuki’s windscreen wipers. Even though you shouldn’t be using them as much during the summer months, fully working wipers are crucial for visibility. Before you enjoy the sunnier days, check your windscreen wipers for any signs of wear, such as cracks, cuts or tears. It’s a good idea to check your windscreen washer fluid at the same time.
Inspect your brakes
You should always check your brakes regularly, whatever the season. If you haven’t done so recently, now is a great time to make sure everything is working. Like everything else, the winter weather can put extra pressure on your car’s brakes, so make sure you check the entire system including brake linings, rotors and drums.
Change your oil
It’s usually recommended that you change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles and, in the UK, the average Brit drives around 8,000 miles per year. That means the oil will need changing roughly every six months, and changing it with the seasons can be an easy way to remember. While you’re getting your Suzuki ready for summer, consider getting the oil replaced if you haven’t changed it all winter.