in association with RAC

Tips to avoid a summer breakdown

22 June 2011

On a warm summer’s day, the last thing you need is for your vehicle to break down on a lonely stretch of road. Unfortunately, high temperatures and stop-start traffic can make this situation a reality. There are some ways to ensure you are not left stranded on the side of the motorway, however. Make sure you know the contents of your vehicle’s owner’s manual inside and out, and keep up with the necessary maintenance and service schedules. Keep an eye on the engine temperature, as it can easily overheat, and remember to flush and refill the cooling system as instructed in the service manual. Periodic checks should be made of the level, condition and concentration of the coolant liquid.


Remember to change the oil and oil filters, and have the condition of the vehicle’s tyres checked, including the spare. Replace worn wiper blades or burnt out light bulbs, and keep a supply of washer solvent readily available. Timeously correct any drivability issues such as rough idling, stalling and hard starts. Have the condition and tightness of hoses, clamps and belts checked by an auto technician. Before embarking on long distance journeys, have your vehicle checked by a qualified auto technician.