LEXUS SUMMER GUIDE
From the important car checks you need to carry out before your summer drive, to mastering tricks on how to pack your summer essentials, a safe road trip is all in the preparation. Experience a smoother journey with Lexus summer road trip guide.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR CAR TYRES ARE SAFE?
Before embarking on your summer vacation, check your tyre pressure is at the recommended level, tyres are free from damage, and treads are above the minimum legal depth.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR ENGINE WON’T OVERHEAT?
Keep your coolant level topped up and inspect your coolant hoses. For professional help and peace of mind before a long journey, contact your nearest Lexus dealer to check your engine cooling system.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR CAR NEEDS AN OIL CHANGE?
Checking your car engine oil and oil filter are important to keep your car running well and for maintaining the life of your vehicle. It is recommended that you check your oil levels periodically. Park your car on a flat even surface, allow some time for oil to cool down and then remove the dipstick. Use a clean paper towel to dry off the dipstick and dip it once again. Check the amount of oil. If needed, top up with genuine Lexus oil.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR AIR CONDITIONING WORKS?
For a comfortable road trip, check your air conditioning is in full working order before you travel. Hold your hand near the air vents, and feel the air coming out. If the flow of air is cold and uninterrupted, your air conditioning is working well.
HOW TO PACK YOUR CAR FOR A ROAD TRIP?
If you’re carrying any heavy items, stow them on the boot floor behind the rear seats. To gain more space, consider using a roof rack and an easy to install luggage box. In case you’re towing a trailer or boat, ask a professional to install a genuine Lexus tow-hitch for you. If you wish to bring your pet along, ensure your Lexus dog guard is installed correctly behind the seats. Discover the range of Lexus summer accessories here.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR ROAD TRIP?
Pick a time to set off, plan your route and stops along the way with the GPS navigation system. The app can show you stops and restaurants, but also parks, museums and roadside attractions. Ensure to check the weather forecast before you hit the open road.
HOW TO IMPROVE VISIBILITY?
Check your windscreen wash reservoir is topped up and use quality glass cleaner to keep your windscreen clean and smear-free. If you notice any smearing continues, double check your wipers against any damage. Fit new blades if necessary. For reduced glare and improved clarity, bring a pair of sunglasses with polarized or graduated tint lenses.
HOW TO STAY ALERT ON A LONG DRIVE?
It’s important to stay alert and keep your concentration up while driving. Take 15 minute breaks every two hours to stretch your legs, have a snack and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated on a long drive. Keep yourself and the family entertained with a driving playlist or catch up on your favourite shows with a Bluetooth radio.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ENTERTAINED ON A LONG JOURNEY?
Keep them entertained with a multimedia system, DVD player, games and shows on the move, and remember to bring headphones. Show them the route and time to your destination on the GPS navigation system to counter any ‘are we there yet?’ questions.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR COOL ON SUMMER DAYS?
In the heat of summer the temperatures inside the car might rise rapidly, this can be particularly unpleasant for young children. To avoid your car heating up, find a larger patch of shade to park under. If you are unable to find a spot and the car has sat in the sun for a while, open the windows or run the air conditioning for a few minutes to cool down the car before setting off. For ultimate protection use a thermal windshield cover to reduce the effects of strong sunlight.