A Volvo retailer in Worcester has issued seven tips to help motorists prepare their cars for a heatwave.

With temperatures set to soar this summer, experts are warning drivers to ensure that they do not overheat in the car.

David Westwood from Listers Volvo Worcester on Bromyard Road said: "We're all looking forward to enjoying some good weather.

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"However, extreme heat can often push our cars to their limits."

His first tip is to test your vehicle's battery, as high temperatures can increase the heat under the bonnet and lead to battery failure.

He explains: "Car batteries typically last between three and five years, so it’s important to be proactive about testing your battery if your car is more than a few years old."

Next, he urges drivers to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, as a rise in vehicle temperature can cause serious engine damage.

"It’s important to remember that if the temperature in your car rises above the usual indicator while you are driving, it is wise to pull over safely and turn your engine off as soon as you can," he advised.

Drivers should also inspect their air-conditioning system before hot weather arrives.

Mr Westwood said: "Always check your car’s air-conditioning system before any hot weather arrives or you begin your journey.

"If the air being blown out is lukewarm or barely cold, get the air-con system checked."

The fourth tip emphasises the importance of checking coolant levels.

"Car coolant protects engines from overheating – so keeping your coolant levels topped up is a trusty preventative measure to take when the temperature rises," Mr Westwood explained.

Parking in the shade, avoiding midday sun driving, and safeguarding your car's paintwork from the sun were also said to be vital tasks.

"Parking in the shade whenever possible will help to protect your car and make for a more pleasant driving experience when you return," Mr Westwood advised.

He added: "Whenever possible, always try to avoid driving during the hottest parts of the day – namely in the afternoon between 12pm and 3pm.

"It's best to schedule your trips for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler."

Lastly, Mr Westwood suggests washing it frequently and applying a high-quality wax, which can act as a protective layer against harmful ultraviolet rays.