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  • 07 August 2019
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    Summer Maintenance Checklist

    You know your vehicle. You know it is reliable, but there are always little things which can go wrong, like any man-made machine. Here at Howard's, we have compiled a little checklist to put that pre-road trip anxiety to bay.

You know your vehicle. You know it is reliable, but there are always little things which can go wrong, like any man-made machine. Here at Howard's, we have compiled a little check list to put that pre-road trip anxiety to bay. Vehicles should be checked regularly, but here are a few things you can do yourself.



“Most people don’t realise that heat is the number one cause of battery failure
 and reduced battery life” - Steve Fox, AA Director

Summer Checklist for your Car 


Summer is here! Whether you're driving far this summer or jetting off somewhere more exotic, we have prepared some essential tips to ensure a smooth ride. Even in British summertime, high temperatures, flurries of dust and dirt, and of course the occasional rain can all take a toll on your vehicle’s most important systems.

These tips are not just good for the summer months. We recommend going through the checklist before any long drive, or every month or so just for peace of mind.



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Going for a long road-trip this summer?


  • If you are unfamiliar with your vehicle, it may be useful for you to practice changing the spare wheel, using the instructions laid out in your owner's handbook.

  • Pre-pack spare keys… you never know!!

  • If you plan to take a caravan or trailer, check the tyre condition and the braking system of both. Make sure your tyres are fully inflated as well to balance any weight increases (and we don’t mean holiday indulgence!)

  • Be aware of the vehicle capacity and don’t over-load it

  • Take plenty of water and refreshments, take regular breaks. It may be worth researching service stations along your journey and an alternative route, before setting off. 

  • This one's old school, but take a tangible map. No 4G? No problem!

  • Take sun cream and a high vis jacket in case of emergencies

  • If you have children, take some games you can play in the car

  • Make sure the Jack and Wheel brace are in good working order. Whilst you’re there, check you have your warning triangle.

  • Pack a first aid kit, additional engine oil, water and windscreen wash for topping up.
Remember, oil is practically the blood of your vehicle keeping it functioning and lubricated. Engine oil protects all of the meticulously engineered parts moving together in your car & engine. Changing your oil at regular intervals (at least every 3000 miles is the guide) is one of the most economical ways to ensure reliability and peak performance out of our vehicle. Failure to do this could result in avoided vehicle warranty and even complete engine failure... So don't risk it!
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