Employee and family safety is paramount, especially on the roads, so how you can maintain your cars in the long hot summer?
Careem, the Dubai-based private ride-hailing app, takes their road safety very seriously as they understand that they have a duty of care to their drivers, clients and all the other people on the roads. To promote road safety Careem understand that car maintenance is just as vital as educating people of how to drive safely.
Hamid Moaref, the UAE Manager who overlooks the monthly maintenance of approximately 300 of Careem’s fleet offers his top expert five tips to the UAE residents to keep their cars maintained and safe in the intense summer heat.
Don’t Tire out your Tires
Tire failure can occur when it is least expected. We recommend that you have your tires checked every quarter like us. Tires are the only thing that is in contact with the road, and subject to increased erosion during the summer – Meaning you may not have the right grip to the roads as necessary. It is very important to get them checked and even replace them if necessary. A good tip would be to fill your tires with nitrogen and not regular air, nitrogen does not expand as the temperature rises inside your tires thus making them last longer.
Keep the Battery Alive and Kicking
As cars will be working harder during the hot summer months, so will the car battery. Within the GCC region car batteries can commonly work for up to two years, which is mainly due to extensive use of the vehicle’s air conditioning and the greater degree of evaporation of the many fluids used throughout the mechanics of the vehicle. Careem advises strongly for all motorists to make a point to check the car battery at periodic intervals.
As the vehicle’s air conditioning system will be working in overdrive throughout the summer months, it is essential to make sure that it is working at the optimum level for the comfort of the drivers and passengers. The cooler they are, the more they concentrate on the road!
All of the A/C filters need to be checked and replaced if dirty. Cleaning the filters makes a huge difference to the air circulating whilst inside the vehicle, if the filter is clean, it reduces the chances of getting an air-borne infection. As an added extra, the Careem Care Centre recommends getting an A/C disinfectant job done as well, after all, you cannot put a price on your health.
Just like hydration is vital for people, it is also essential for your cars and other vehicals. In light of this, regularly check the level of fluids within the car, from the engine oil to the engine coolant in order to keep the vehicle performing at the optimum level. By doing this it can assist in preventing the overheating of the engine, and reduce the chances of a vehicle breakdown. All motor coolants and oil should be checked monthly.
Shade is Everything
The intense summer heat can play havoc with the internal compartments of a vehicle, the Careem Care Centre Manager recommends to try and always park in shade, a covered car park or purchase a sun-shade. By reducing the impact of the sun’s rays not only does it lower the chance of the engine becoming overheated but it keeps the car cool, the interiors from fading and cracks developing on the dashboard.