Essential Checks You Need to Make On Your Car Before Travelling On Long Journeys

If you’re setting off on a long journey have you checked your car properly? If you intend to drive a longer distance than usual i.e. it could be that you’re intending to drive to your holiday, maybe even driving abroad as many motorist will do during the summer.

By Sylvia Yeo on 19th June 2015 in News

Check Out Your Car Before You Start A Long Journey

If you’re setting off on a long journey have you checked your car properly? If you intend to drive a longer distance than usual i.e. it could be that you’re intending to drive to your holiday, maybe even driving abroad as many motorist will do during the summer. driving abroad as many motorist will do during the summer. Perhaps you are off to visit friends and family that live a little further away than you usually travel  Whatever the reason, make certain that you check out your car first so that you do not become a motorist that has broken down on the on their journey and end up on the side of the road.      

                  
Here  is a short list of some of the things you need to check before you start your journey.

Check Your Oil

Ideally, you should make sure to check your vehicle’s oil at least once each month, more often if you regularly take long journeys, or cover a lot of miles. You need to ensure that your car is parked on the level before checking the oil. Check first to ensure that there is enough oil, but also to ensure that contamination hasn’t occurred. Usually, your car will have a dipstick. To check the level of your oil, firstly make sure that the engine is cold and the dipstick is clean. Then, test the dipstick to see where the level of oil reaches. Top up your oil if necessary.

Fill Up On Washer Fluid

There is nothing worse than running out of washer fluid half way through your journey, perhaps when you’ve hit a particularly dirty bit of road, or driven through a plague of insects! To make sure your windscreen is clean you can see clearly, top up your washer fluid before leaving. Also don’t forget to check your windscreen wipers and replace them if worn or damaged.


Check Your Engine Coolant

The coolant in the engine is a mixture of anti-freeze and water, which stops the engine from overheating. You should check the coolant level frequently, and especially before a long journey. Look at your vehicle handbook to find out how to check the engine coolant and how to top it up if necessary.


Check That Your Tyres Are Safe & Legal

It is important to inspect your tyres on a regular basis, but it is also essential to check them before a long journey. Check that the tyres have the correct amount of thread left on them, and if you’re worried that they haven’t it is definitely worth investing in a new tyre, or set of tyres.
Furthermore, make sure that all the tyre pressures are set to the necessary figures, which can be found in your car owner’s manual. Don’t forget to check out your spare tyre too!

Check Your Brakes

Inspecting your car’s brake pads for wear and tear is necessary before embarking on a long journey, as you don’t want to travel in a car that isn’t safe.

Check Your Lights

Check that your headlights and indicators are working. If possible keep spare bulbs in your vehicle.
After you have completed these simple checks fill up with fuel and you will be ready for your journey. Drive safely!                     

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