Spring into ac­tion for warmer days

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

SPRING is here and days are longer than nights for the next six months, so it’s time to get your car hale, hearty and ready for the warmer weather.

This week’s tips are from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man.

Lose weight; clear out those coats, boots, scarves and bags that took up permanent res­i­dence dur­ing the win­ter months.

They add weight as well as tak­ing up space and sur­plus weight means wasted fuel.

Cut down on the salt; mod­ern cars are much less prone to rust than their for­bear­ers, but cor­ro­sion-caus­ing salt from grit­ted roads can build up un­der the wheel arches and the sus­pen­sion.

Use a hose pipe to flush the wheel arches clean; if you have a pres­sure washer, even bet­ter.

If not, try wash­ing the arches af­ter driv­ing on wet roads – the mud and grit will have soft­ened.

The neigh­bours might think you’re pe­cu­liar but you’ll re­duce the risk of ex­pen­sive re­pairs.

Test your vi­sion; the demis­ter puts a film of grime from traf­fic fumes on the in­side of the wind­screen which can spread bright sun­shine into a blind­ing glare.

Get the screen squeaky clean with wa­ter and de­ter­gent, dry with a microfibre cloth and crys­tal clear vi­sion will be re­stored.

Don’t for­get the other win­dows; clean screens rarely mist up so you’ll need the heated rear win­dow far less – another fuel saver.

Keep hay fever at bay; most cars have pollen fil­ters, but they need chang­ing pe­ri­od­i­cally to re­main ef­fi­cient.

Look in your hand­book to find out how to get to the fil­ter and if it looks bad, change it now.

Some very good af­ter-mar­ket fil­ters are avail­able on­line, of­ten with a char­coal layer to fil­ter out pol­lu­tants as well as pollen.

Don’t get hot and both­ered; air con­di­tion­ing is a boon as the tem­per­a­ture rises, but it con­tains a spe­cial gas which can slowly leak away.

If it gets too low, the aircon will blow warm in­stead of cold.

Test it by turn­ing the heater con­trol to min­i­mum, the heater fan to max­i­mum and make sure the aircon is turned on (i.e. not in “eco” mode).

If you don’t feel an icy blast af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes, the sys­tem may need “re-gassing”; a sim­ple job which most garages have the equip­ment to do.

Richard says: “In con­junc­tion with other spring-clean­ing, treat your car, the ef­forts to wash and pol­ish it will last a bit longer now the win­ter salt has gone.

“Now is a good time to spend a ther­a­peu­tic Sun­day morn­ing tin­ker­ing.”

Sam­son Ruwangu

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