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Summer Driving Tips from DFC Belfast


Winter isn’t the only season that has its challenges to drive in. Driving in the summer also has its challenges. Just like driving in the winter you should be prepared to drive in the summer. Check out these tips to keep you safe and on the move whether you’re home or abroad.



If you’re driving a leased vehicle abroad, you need a VE103 certificate. For any DFC’s customers contact Annette on 028 9073 4222 or email annette@dfcbelfast.co.uk to get your VE103 certificate.

Be sure to also check the laws of your destination if you’re going abroad. Some countries require that you carry important items such as Germany require a warning triangle and first aid kit in your vehicle.


Every year thousands of motorists break down because they allow their tank to run dry, so reminding you to fill up before you drive off is our top tip! Plan your journey in advance so you know you’ll be near a petrol station when you need one.

Fuel efficiency is important too – don’t burn more petrol or diesel than you need to by carrying unnecessary weight. Remove bike racks and boat racks if you aren’t using them, and be mindful of weight when packing up the car.


Check the condition of your tyres both before and during your trip – does the tread look worn? Are there any cracks or obvious punctures? Pop into your local petrol station to check air pressure and top up if needed – at most it will cost you 5 minutes of time and 20p.

And of course – make sure you have a spare tyre on board, as well as all the necessary kit to change a tyre. Here’s a great guide from our Telematics partners the RAC on how to change a flat tyre: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/know-how/flat-tyre/


Oil lubricates your car’s engine, protecting it from heat and friction, so it’s especially important to make sure it’s topped up before a long drive in hot weather. It’s best to check engine oil levels when the car has been off and at rest on a level service for at least a few minutes.

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean using a paper towel or rag then push it back in until it is fully seated. Remove it and check that the oil level is somewhere between the minimum and maximum level marks. If it is below the minimum line, top it up and check again.


Glare can be dangerous, so as well as making sure the driver packs their sunglasses, ensure windows are clean and free of any streaks, dust and dirt. Check that screen wash and water reservoirs are all full.


It’s not good for your car or its occupants (especially your driver!) to overheat. Check your car’s coolant levels. If you have air conditioning, check it’s working and if not, make sure the windows and sunroof can all be opened easily to allow air to circulate. Use sun shields and visors to keep the interior of the car cool, and plan for regular breaks to park up in the shade.


If you have a smartphone and a decent 4G connection, you can stay updated with real-time traffic information via mobile apps such as Google Maps, or by checking Traffic Watch NI.


If you’re a parent, you’re probably already well-prepared with snacks, drinks and games or devices to keep young ones happy and amused… but it’s worth remembering that fizzy drinks, fatty snacks and reading in the car can all contribute to travel sickness, so be mindful. Make sure you bring clothes for all weathers – it’s Northern Ireland after all – and plan regular stops for smaller bladders.

And it’s so important never to leave kids or animals shut in a car on a warm day – even for a short time.

If you’re a DFC customer and have any questions about driving your car abroad call Annette on 028 9073 4222 or email annette@dfcbelfast.co.uk

Or if you’re interested in leasing get your FREE vehicle leasing quote here.