Prepare Your Car For Your Summer Road Trip

by admin on July 18, 2017

If you’re packing the car for your summer adventure then there are a few things you need to do before you start the car. Here are our top tips!

Car Maintenance Checks

There are a few essential things you must check before you even leave the driveway. These checks should be done on a regular basis as part of your basic car maintenance, but they become even more important if you’re heading off on a longer than usual trip.

Firstly you need to take a good look at your tyres, check for cuts, bulges and any other signs of wear and tear. Check the tyre tread to make sure its above the 1.6mm legal limit, you can do this with a 20 pence coin. Simply place it in the tread of the tyre and if you can see the outer band of the coin its time to get your tyres changed. You also want to make sure that your tyres are correctly inflated, incorrectly inflated tyres are dangerous but they also increase fuel consumption when you’re driving.

It’s important to familiarise yourself with what’s under the bonnet of your car. Check and top-up your windscreen wash, coolant and oil levels. These are all important components that ensure the smooth running of your car.

Overloading The Boot

Unlike when you fly to your holiday destination you aren’t limited to how much you can take with you when you drive. However, it is important to remember a couple of things. Firstly think about how much you’re loading into the boot of your car, make sure that your view in the rear view mirror isn’t obstructed. If you have a lot of belongings to take with you consider investing in a roof box, it allows you to carry more without filling your boot to the top!

International Driving Essentials

If you’re heading abroad you must do a little research into what you may need to take with you. Some countries require you to carry hi-viz jackets, hazard triangles and even portable breathalyser tests. If you’re driving through France then you now need to order a Crit’Air Clean Air sticker that you display in your windscreen, with out you could land yourself in trouble with the police.

What tips do you have for a driving holiday? Let us know!

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