We are officially in the summer season and we could not be any happier! The kids are going to be getting off soon and we are looking forward to taking that family holiday to the country that we’ve been planning. You’re a week out and everything is bought and ready to be loaded unto the car, you are all prepared. But have you prepared the car? Before you embark on any long journeys you need to always make sure that your car is up for the journey, you need to perform checks and refill fluids, you need tools and even more refills. These checks should be carried out up to a week before you are due to set off.
Oil – You should check your oils before you head out, use the dipstick to measure the level, simply pull the dipstick out and wipe with a clean cloth and then insert back into the compartment, wait a few seconds and pull out again for a more accurate reading. If you are not due for a change you should take some with you just in case.
Spark Plugs – If you have been having problems starting your car then you should check your spark plugs, you might need to replace them. Remove the spark plugs and check them for corrosion, reside or gaps between electrodes. If you are ever in doubt about where to find your spark plugs you can refer to your owner’s manual for detail instructions.
Tyres – You should make sure that you have checked your tyres before you set off on your journey, there is nothing worse than having to change your flat tyre on the side of the road. To avoid this, you should check the tyre pressure, consider investing in a cheap portable gauge to keep in the car. You can also check the tread depth of the tyres by inserting a 20p coin into the space between treads. Remember to check for cuts and bulges on the sidewall and on the spare tyre.
Radiator – Flushing your radiator reduces the chance of the hot temperatures that build up in the engine causing it to overheat. You should consider having your radiator flushed and filled especially if it has been a while since you last did.
Lights – Check that your lights are all working like they should, brake light, turn signal, high beams and low beams. Remember to check the lights on your dashboard as well.
Brakes – Your brake come in handle in emergencies, you should check the before you head out check the brake pads and brake fluid especially if you plan on driving on uneven or rough roads.
Items to pack;
- Drinking water
- Tyre gauge
- Jumper cables
- utility knife
- Duct tape
Remember to stay safe when traveling, try to stay off your phone and other distractions, if you have been driving for a long time and you feel tired you should find a safe spot to pull off and rest before you continue your journey.