Check your Car Before you Head off on Holiday

June 17, 2020 1:18 pm


As lockdown measures start to be lifted across the UK many people are hoping to head off on holiday over the summer. Lots of people are choosing to opt for a staycation this year, as foreign travel looks a little more uncertain.

With this in mind you may be hoping to head off on a long journey to the coast or to a secluded forest lodge. But it is important to remember to ensure that your car is able to make the journey! After all, the last few months in lockdown has meant that many of us have been using our cars much less, if at all. Here are a few things that you will need to check before you set off on your summer holiday…

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Check your tyres – Your cars manual should tell you what the tyre pressure should be, and most petrol stations offer the facility to check your tyre air pressure and to put air into the tyres. Tyre pressure is essential for keeping you safe, it affects braking as well as your cars ability to grip the road. If you have a problem with your tyre, such as a slow puncture, you really should contact a company such as Gloucester car tyres company Swiftfit to get them replaced before making a long journey.

Check your Water, Oil and Screen Wash – Especially if your car has been left for a few months, it is very important that all of these things are topped up as it can be incredibly dangerous and spell disaster for your car if you do not have enough in the tank before you start to drive, and if you should realise the levels are low on the motorway, it is much more difficult to rectify.

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Lights – It is not only unsafe, but it is also illegal to drive without any of your lights working. Particularly if you will be driving in the dark, it is important that you check all of your lights are working before you leave, as you will most likely need to replace a bulb. It is a good idea to keep spare car lightbulbs handy in your car in case one should go whilst you are travelling.