Top Tips for Avoiding a Summer Breakdown

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Summer can be a time to hit the open road, but high temperatures can be just as hazardous for vehicles as a prolonged cold snap. Ransome Mobility supply nearly new and used WAVs to customers across East Anglia. Here we look at a few simple steps you can take to avoid having any problems with your car, whether it has been adapted or not.


Look After the Battery…

Car batteries can easily go flat, particularly if the vehicle hasn’t been used for a while (for instance, for lockdown-related reasons). This could also be a problem if you make a lot of short, stop-start journeys in traffic. Every time you turn the key in the ignition it will deplete the battery, but on longer journeys it can recharge itself – but not on a trip just round the corner.

Some batteries also won’t be able to cope so well with the modern demand for in-vehicle electronic devices. So the best thing to do is to avoid using too many dash cams, phone chargers, air fresheners and suchlike that would run down the battery. And many vehicles won’t start because the owner’s left the lights on while it’s been parked.


…and the Tyres

If a car has been left undriven in the garage or on a driveway for a prolonged period, it may develop flat spots in the tyre because they are not designed to be left in the same position too long. In turn, cracked and aged rubber on the tyres may cope with a short trip to the shops, but not a long journey to see family or friends after the easing of lockdown.

And not all vehicles carry spare tyres as standard these days, just a tyre repair kit. For that reason, check which you have, and learn how to use the kit if you don’t have a spare tyre.


Don’t Overload the Vehicle

If you are going on a longer trip, it can be tempting to pack one more suitcase just to be on the safe side. However, overloading the vehicle can cause a lot of problems, including:

  • Making the steering less responsive
  • Putting more stress on the tyres
  • Making the brakes less effective
  • Putting more strain on the suspension
  • And increasing your petrol bill because the extra weight won’t do much for your fuel consumption.

So travel as light as possible and only pack what you really need to cover genuine emergencies.


Care for Your Clutch

During the summer months, clutches take a lot of pressure. This means that they can easily slip, making the vehicle more difficult to drive. Roads will also get busier in general, so there will be a lot more stopping and starting in traffic, which will also put a lot of strain on the clutch.

Driving on unfamiliar or hilly roads (for example, while on holiday), can also take its toll. And if you are towing a caravan or trailer, then make sure it’s correctly loaded, as this can also put a lot of strain on it. So familiarise yourself as best as you can with any roads you haven’t driven before, and take extra care loading up your caravan or trailer.


Buy Your WAV from Ransome Mobility

At Ransome Mobility, we pride ourselves in our sales and aftercare services for all our nearly new and used WAVs sold in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. All our vehicles are fully serviced before sale and come with a full MOT, if required.

Most of the vehicles we have available for sale are between one and three years old and have a low mileage and a minimum six-month warranty. You can learn more about our current selection here.

If you are interested in a specific vehicle or you have any questions, give us a call on 01473 727263 and we’ll be happy to help. And remember, we can fit a wide range of car adaptations, including steering wheel balls, twin flip and left foot accelerators, and easy release handbrakes. So we can make a car that is not quite right for you now into your perfect vehicle.

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