We know you’ll hardly ever want to get out of your new Suzuki. That’s why we’ve put together a list of helpful tips for safer year-round driving, from how to carry out a mini check-up to towing and touring for when you hit the road this summer.
Keep your car in shape with a weekly mini check up.
We’ve created various videos to make sure you can motor in safety, avoid expensive fines and keep your car’s performance most efficient.
Tyres are a safety feature and are the only point of contact between you and the road. We support the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents recommendation that you change your tyres when they’re at 3mm tread depth. Making sure the tyre pressure is correct is also important – as it can affect the performance of your car as well as increasing fuel consumption. You will find your vehicle's tyre pressures in your owner's handbook.
What should I do when checking my tyres?
For legal as well as safety reasons, you should check all your vehicle lights regularly. A failed light bulb doesn’t cost a lot to replace, but it could result in an expensive fine. Your local Dealer will be able to replace your light bulb for you in no time.
What do I need to know about light bulbs?
Do I need to worry about fuses?
Good visibility while driving is a must. Sunlight, ozone, oil and dirt all act to cause wiper blade rubber to deteriorate. This results in wiper blade noise, and juddering. Keep your screenwash bottle topped up with good quality screenwash to get rid of bugs in the summer and prevent frozen washer jets in the winter.
What about the windscreen washer fluid and wipers?
A CAR FOR ALL SEASONS
When the nights draw in, cold temperatures, packed snow and icy patches can have a real impact on the traction of standard tyres. Here’s four reasons swapping to winter tyres can make a big difference.
How winter tyres put you in control...
When temperatures drop below 7ºC, standard tyres harden and lose flexibility, which can affect braking, accelerating and cornering. Winter tyres are carefully designed to absorb moisture and their rubber compound is adapted so as to greatly improve braking and traction in cold, wet, icy and snowy conditions.
...And help you avoid accidents
Studies by Michelin (source: www.michelin.co.uk) show that a good quality winter tyre can improve braking by up to 25% and collision avoidance by 38%. So the drive is safer for everyone on the road.
Grip comes down to your tyres
No matter how many electronic driver aids your car is fitted with, the ability to maintain grip is determined by your tyres. The expense of outfitting your vehicle with winter tyres is nothing compared to the reassurance of protecting the core stability of your vehicle.
Journeys made easier – wherever you are
Different countries have different winter safety specifications. In some countries, winter tyres can be a compulsory requirement. You should always take care to check regulations before driving in the EU in winter.
ARE YOU TOWING OR TOURING? WE CAN HELP!
For a safer more relaxing touring holiday, take a look at our handy list of “Do's and Dont's” before you set off.
- Do check which documents you, your family and your vehicle need for touring in the UK or abroad.
- Do check your Owners Handbook for your car’s maximum nose weight when working out “what can I tow"?
- Do check your Owners Handbook for details on how to adjust your tyre pressures when carrying a full load.
- Do remember that headlamp beam converters (contained within our European Roadside Assistance Pack) are necessary if you are driving in a left-hand drive country.
- Do carry a Suzuki Genuine Accessory spare bulb kit when driving in the UK or abroad.
- Do check the latest driving regulations for each country you’re visiting in case you need a GB sticker, warning triangles and hi-viz waistcoats.
- Do talk to your Suzuki Service Centre about a Pre-holiday or Air Conditioning check, UK or European Assistance Packs, lights, tyres or any other touring related queries.
- Don't exceed your vehicle’s recommended maximum towing weight or maximum permitted roof rack load.
- Don’t forget to check your insurance cover details before taking your vehicles abroad.
- Don’t let bicycles carried on the rear of your car obscure the rear number plate or lights. If they do, use an auxiliary lighting board and number plate.
How do I tow or get towed safely?
Tips for Driving abroad
It can be tricky planning a foreign driving holiday. Not to mention time consuming. So to give you a hand, we’ve pulled together some information to make the whole process a lot easier.
To make sure you’re well prepared for the trip ahead, download our Driving Holiday Checklist and our Compulsory Equipment List