Spring Cleaning: An EV Driver’s Guide

21st March 2022

Springtime is known for many things – budding blooms, April showers and rabbits that deliver chocolate eggs no matter what age you are! However, it’s also the season to grab the bin bags and polish and give our homes a well needed spring clean after the mayhem of winter. 

But why stop there? 

While we all set our minds to cleaning out our homes, don’t forget to give your EV a springtime freshen up!

Don’t Get Weighed Down With Clutter

EV batteries are actually quite heavy, meaning they often weigh considerably more than their petrol equivalents. During the winter we know how easy it is to load your car with extra essentials in case you get stuck in bad weather, but now it’s time to store away the blankets and shovels and take the weight out of your EV. 

By reducing the clutter in your car, you’ll be able to improve the range of your EV, as well as clearing a bit of space for your passengers!

Tired Tyres

Although EVs often have low rolling resistance tyres (this means they can roll for longer on the road before the resistance makes it come to a stop), it is important to remember to check your tyres regularly for general wear and tear. This is especially important in spring as the harsh weather conditions of winter can take its toll on the UK’s roadways. 

Potholes are a particularly nasty consequence of harsh winter weather, and can often be disguised as puddles when those April showers pour down. Damage to your EV could include punctured tyres, bent rims, suspension damage or poor alignment, so it’s always worth carrying out regular checks yourself. 

Wipe Away the Winter Cobwebs

Springtime might bring with it endless April showers, but it also marks longer days and brighter skies. 

With low sun in the mornings and evenings, driving in rush hour traffic can be all the more hazardous. This is why we recommend keeping a check on your fluid reservoirs, particularly your windscreen washer fluid. Although this is necessary for all drivers, it is an important reminder to keep your windscreen clean and clear from dust streaks that could impact your visibility more with the lowering sun. 

No Time for a Brake 

EVs are generally more gentle on their brakes than other cars due to their regenerative braking system. This means your EV should go through discs and pads at a slower rate. 

However, with a heavier battery in place, the extra weight will mean your brakes will have to work harder when they are being used. Therefore it’s important to keep up with regular fluid changes by a qualified mechanic every two years, as well as checking the brake fluid level yourself to ensure there are no leaks. 

With the UK known for its spring showers, it’s better to have your brakes in tip top shape for safer wet weather driving.