Are you and your car ready for sum­mer?

The Oban Times - - Sum­mer Mo­tor­ing -

SUM­MER is fast ap­proach­ing and mo­torists need to en­sure that along with the more pleas­ant weather, their cars, and their at­ti­tudes on the road, also need to be in tip-top shape. Driv­ers need to make sure their cars are in good con­di­tion, es­pe­cially if they are look­ing at tak­ing ad­van­tage of the warmer weather to make longer jour­neys. If you are go­ing on hol­i­day, even if it is a long week­end, or if you will be us­ing your car more now than in win­ter, it is im­por­tant to en­sure it is ready for the change in the weather. Driv­ing in sum­mer months is dif­fer­ent to driv­ing in win­ter, es­pe­cially in­land, and there are a few things peo­ple must check be­fore it is too late. Among the im­por­tant items that mo­torists should check are their wind­screens, wipers and tyres. It is also im­por­tant that ve­hi­cles be vis­i­ble at all times, in­clud­ing at night. For this rea­son, own­ers should en­sure their lights (front and back) and in­di­ca­tors are also work­ing prop­erly. Any cracks on wind­screens need to be re­paired and it is vi­tal that tyres are checked to en­sure they are in good, road­wor­thy con­di­tion. Too of­ten, mo­torists ig­nore the con­di­tion of their tyres, which are a crit­i­cal com­po­nent to safe driv­ing. Con­sider that dur­ing the sum­mer months small pools of wa­ter may ac­cu­mu­late on the road, and worn tyres may lead to aqua­plan­ing; this oc­curs when the tread on the tyres is no longer able to chan­nel wa­ter away, and the tyre lifts off the road sur­face, and starts to skim across the wa­ter like a speed­boat. As the sea­sons change, so too will the de­mands on your ve­hi­cle. It is im­por­tant that mo­torists have their ve­hi­cles checked and ser­viced, and that they are con­fi­dent that each and ev­ery as­pect of the car is work­ing prop­erly. In ad­di­tion, the AA again urged all driv­ers to en­sure that their at­ti­tudes are pos­i­tive on the road at all times. This in­cludes not speed­ing, not us­ing any elec­tronic de­vices while driv­ing and al­ways wear­ing seat­belts. Dur­ing the sum­mer, when there are hol­i­day­mak­ers on the roads, we all need to be aware that these will lead to de­lays for ev­ery­one, and that driv­ers should re­main calm and ap­pre­ci­ate that ev­ery­one else is in the same sit­u­a­tion.

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