Are you dreaming of summer day trips or even a staycation road trip across the country? We could all use a summer break. But before you set off, it’s a good idea to take a few simple steps to ensure your vehicle is fully prepared. Draper Tools has got a great range of tools and car care essentials to help, plus a few top tips below.
Check your tyre pressure
Under inflated tyres can be a serious safety hazard, negatively affecting your vehicle’s stopping distances. And, if you’re adding extra weight to the car with suitcases and the whole family onboard, you may need to add some air to your tyres. Check your vehicle’s tyre pressure values and make sure you’ve inflated to the higher PSI figure. Be careful not over inflate though as this can increase the risk of high-speed blow-outs – definitely not something you want to deal with on a holiday! There are a number of handy tools to help you check your tyre pressure available from Draper Tools. We can especially recommend the Draper 12V Cordless Air Compressor as a great tool for keeping tyres in tip top condition. It features a digital display, which provides psi, kPa and BAR settings, allowing you to fix your desired air pressure. Once this pressure is reached the compressor automatically stops, giving you complete peace of mind that your tyre pressure is correct.
Check your tread depth
While you’re looking at your tyre pressure, it’s also a good idea to check the tread depth before setting off on a long journey. Worn tyres are another serious safety hazard, so it’s a check that’s well worth doing to help prevent accidents. While the legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, many experts actually recommend a minimum tread depth of 3mm to be safe. Tyres with a tread depth of less than 3mm have been shown to significantly increase you stopping distances – and this is only made worse in wet conditions. For an accurate reading you can put your trust in the Draper Digital Tyre Tread Depth Gauge.
Be aware of batteries issues
Traditionally winter is known as a bad time for car battery issues – but batteries are actually one of the top causes on the list for summer breakdowns. Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold can be bad for your car and its battery. If you’re unlucky enough to experience a flat battery it can really ruin your holiday plans. To help out in these emergency situations, Draper Tools offers a versatile, portable 12V Jump Starter (800A) – which comes fitted with LED battery charge indicators, 12V output socket, USB output socket, LED work light, polarity inversion and a 150 PSI air compressor with pressure gauge. Also available from Draper is a range of Smart Battery Chargers & Maintainers which offer an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to keep batteries in good condition all year round.
Keep the interior clean and hygienic
Recent times have made us all extra focused on hygiene and it’s important to extend this to the car. Sanitise your car interior and minimise germs with the help of our award-winning Hard Graft Heavy Duty Wipes. Each antibacterial wipe is impregnated with an advanced hi-tech cleaning formula providing an industrial-strength clean for your car. The dual sided dermatologically tested fabric has both a rough and smooth side, that easily wipe a host of substances. They make a handy addition to the car or garage.
Sizzling summer offers on car care
There’s plenty more advice for safe summer driving available online from organisations such as the RAC and TyreSafe. You can also browse more vehicle safety essentials and tools in the Draper Summer Sizzlers automotive guide – look out for great deals on all featured items at your Draper stockist.