As summer arrives and we all enjoy the sunshine, remember that the holiday season can mean high temperatures, increased stress levels, and extra demands on your car – so here's our advice to help with the bigger challenges of summer driving.
Summer Driving Tips
More travelling means more oil, screen wash and Ad Blue are used. Should you be travelling more this summer ensure you carry out regular top ups so you don’t get caught out.
Summer holidays can mean more traffic on the roads so set off in plenty of time with a good knowledge of the local areas.
Ensure you have enough fuel to complete your journey and be aware of local petrol stations.
It wouldn’t be a Great British Summer without the downpours after a bit of sun. Ensure that your wipers can clear your screen efficiently and are not split or dragging when in use.
Regardless of how much you use your air conditioning, over time gas will escape from the canister similar to how air escapes from a balloon. It is recommended getting a full air conditioning service on your BMW every 2 years. To check when this was last carried out on your BMW please contact our service team.
Stop, start driving whether it be cruising around the city streets or stuck in motorway traffic takes its toll on your brakes more than the number of miles you travel.
Travelling over the summer doesn’t always mean that you travel lightly. Investing in a roof box, bike rack or interior storage solutions can guarantee your full visibility on the busy summer roads.
Make sure you check all the necessary driving requirements for the country you are travelling in. For example most countries on the continent require high-vis jacket and warning triangle to be in your vehicle at all times.
Screen wash top-up, Top-up oil, Phone charger and Spare tyre/tyre sealant.
Your Air Conditioning requires regassing every 2 years as 10-15% is used before it’s even turned on.
Having your Air Conditioning re-gassed decontaminates your system, removes any bacteria that could potentially filter back through and be released into your car.
You should maintain your Air Conditioning even in the colder months as it helps demist your windows quicker.
A clean Air Conditioning system reduces emissions as dirty or damaged air filters reduce the air flow to the engine affecting the cars air fuel balance.
Replacing a clogged air filter can increase fuel efficiency improving acceleration
Not regassing your Air Conditioning will leave it less efficient and less effective when you want to cool down or demist your windows.
Did you know?
A healthy battery should last at least 2 weeks without needing to be started up to re-charge (this may reduce in colder temperatures), try to avoid excessive “wake-ups” of your car’s electrical system and avoid locking/unlocking or switching on the ignition without driving the car.