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Keeping Yourself Cool Over Summer (and your car!)

Keeping Yourself Cool Over Summer (and your car!)

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With the hottest day of the year sneaking up on the UK, Richard Hardie have put together some tips to help you and your car stay cool this summer.

The UK has recently experienced scorching tropical weather, basking in temperatures nudging 35°c. These surging temperatures are great for working on that tan we all crave, but the downside is our homes are ill equipped to deal with heat like this, and so are our cars. Take a look at some of our top tips to help prevent you and your car from overheating!


Keeping Your Car Cool Over Summer

As most of us are aware, hot air rises. When getting into your baking hot car, set your vents to blow fresh air or AC out into the footwell first. Open your windows or your sunroof and this will allow hot air to escape whilst keeping cooler, fresher air inside the vehicle for longer.

Use cold ice-packs to circulate cooler air, position them in front of the dashboard vents to enjoy cooler air without using your air conditioning.

Consider using sunshades to keep the inside of your vehicle cool when left in direct sunlight. As an alternative, try covering your seats in a blanket when leaving your vehicle. When you return, put the blankets to one side (which will be hot by the way!) your seat should be much cooler than if you left it without blankets.

Take a look at our air-conditioning service if it hasn’t been checked for a while, this will ensure the system is running at its coolest, and that the system is nice and clean!


How to Prevent Your Car from Overheating in the Heat

It’s important to remember that when you use your air-conditioning, it uses your engine to keep itself running. Constant running of your air-conditioning will work your engine much harder than it needs to, so try and use AC only when really required, this will help keep your engine cool!

Coolant! A clue is in the name, it helps keep your engine cool. During the summer, engine coolant is hugely important, as you’ll realise. Ask yourself when you last checked your coolant levels, if you don’t remember or if you rely on the annual service, we strongly suggest you check the levels. Extra coolant is a drop in the ocean compared to associated vehicle overheating issues. Don’t forget, DO NOT check coolant if the engine has been running recently, the coolant will be boiling hot, allow the engine to cool first!

Check the oil levels, this is the lifeblood for your vehicle, as it prevents parts from seizing up and helps keep your engine cool by dispersing heat. Check the dipstick to understand what level your engine oil should be at, refer to your owner’s manual if you are unsure about where to look. If the oil levels are too low, top them up before driving it any further.


For the Ultimate Cool Drive

The convertible vehicle is the ultimate way to combat heat-filled vehicles! We know heat rises, well, simply take the roof off completely to rid the car of all heat! To stay ‘cool’ in more ways than one, consider the legendary FIAT 500C, boasting desirable, trendy looks with the removable roof we all crave! Take a look at some of the offers available at Richard Hardie FIAT, which include a range of limited supply pre-registered FIAT 500C models. 

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...