Whether you’re planning a weekend away at the beach or simply popping to your local supermarket, the summer months can cause a few issues for car drivers.

In fact, according to the RAC, they often experience an average 20% increase in call-outs and 30% in coastal areas during periods of hot weather.

There are some of these car issues that could be easily avoided with a bit of tender loving care. So before you put the pedal to the metal, here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider a free car check at your nearest Halfords.

Your car may overheat

According to AXA, cars are 50% more likely to overheat in the summer, causing serious engine failure and head gasket issues. That’s why it’s important to make sure your oil levels are perfect.

What’s in the Halfords summer check

With our free summer car check, we’ll check whether the oil levels are ok. If it’s not, we’ll suggest the ideal one for your car and budget.

You may overheat!

Sometimes having the window down doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Every year, your air conditioning loses power, so it’s vital to make sure it’s operational when it comes to those scorching summer days.

What’s in the Halfords summer check

We’ll carry out a routine check to see whether your air conditioning is still working and advise you on any future work that may need doing to restore it.

You could get stuck

Battery failure is one of the main reasons people get stuck in the summer, with Johnson Controls placing extreme hot weather, car age and excessive short trips as three of the main reasons. This is exactly why you need to regularly check the battery charge. Otherwise, you could end up getting stuck when you’re on your next summer adventure.

What’s in the Halfords summer check

Using our testing equipment, we’ll check the state of your battery and let you know if you require a new one. We can then offer a few alternatives for you to choose from.

You’ll get rained on

Let’s face it, we’re bound to see a few rainy days this summer (sigh). With this in mind, you’ll need your wiper blades working and a crystal clear windscreen to boot.

What’s in the Halfords summer check

As part of our summer car check, we’ll assess the condition of your windscreen wipers and check for any chips in the glass. If required, we’ll tell you exactly which wipers you need for your car and even fix small chips there and then for a small additional cost. We’ll even top up your screenwash for free!

You’ll be driving in the dark

It may sound nonsensical, but with longer days, you’ll probably find yourself making the most of the light – meaning you’ll be driving back home in the dark. Therefore, you should always make sure your lights are working before setting off on any long distance summer trips.

What’s in the Halfords summer check

We’ll check to see if all your bulbs are working and help you find the right replacements if you need any. We can even fit your new bulb for you from just £5.

So what are you waiting for?

Book your car in for a free Halfords summer car check at Halfords today. Alternatively, for more advice on things to consider before taking a summer road trip, check out our previous post: ‘6 tips for driving long distances’.