Every summer, thousands of people make long summer road journeys through the British countryside for a getaway. Most will give little thought to their vehicle as they load it up with luggage and set off. However, whether you are heading to the coast, a holiday park or even to the airport, there are a number of things you should consider before jumping into your car and setting off on a long journey this summer. This blog outlines a few things to remember.
Check Your Tyres
Healthy tyres are vital to your car being roadworthy – if they are damaged in any way they could cause your car to break down or even become unsafe. Check that the tyres (including the spare tyre) are free from abrasions, tears and debris and that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm. If your tyres are damaged or worn, it is wise to get them replaced before setting off on a long road trip to ensure that your car is safe and reliable.
You should also check the air pressure of the tyres before setting off on a long journey. You can find the correct pressure for your car in the owners’ manual or on the inside of the front passenger door. Make sure the tyres are cool before checking the air pressure, as doing this whilst the tyres are warm could mean you get inaccurate readings.
At Hook Xpress, we offer a free tyre inspection where we check whether your tyres are safe and legal before you set off on any long summer road journeys. If you need tyres in Hook contact us today.
Check Engine Oil and Windscreen Wash Levels
Ensuring that your car has enough oil is essential before setting off on long summer road journeys. If your oil runs out, it can cause your car to break down and cause a lot of damage to the engine. It is also a good idea to top up your windscreen wash so you can keep your windscreen free of dust and dirt, giving you a clear view of the road.
To check the engine oil levels, carefully remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a cloth. Return the dipstick and then remove it again; the oil should show between the two indicator marks on the dipstick. Carefully top up the oil levels and check once again. To top up your windscreen wash, simply pour some windscreen wash into the reservoir.
Have Breakdown Cover
We all hope to reach our destination in good time, and most journeys occur without a hitch. However, in the unlikely event that you do break down, you will want to be able to have your car repaired at the roadside or towed to a garage as soon as possible. Having breakdown cover means you can set off with peace of mind, knowing that help will soon be on its way in the event of a breakdown. This will save you the stress and expense of having to call an emergency tow truck or relying on friends or family to come to the rescue. Most breakdown cover packages are very reasonably priced and offer various different levels of cover and additional benefits such as discounts at certain shops, making it well worth having.
Remember to take a fully charged mobile phone with you so that you can call for help in the event of a breakdown, and bring plenty of water in case you are stuck at the roadside for a while, especially in hot weather. Make sure you have a spare tyre for your vehicle, as well as the necessary equipment needed to change a tyre. Having a reflective caution triangle and a hi-viz vest is also useful in the event of a breakdown, as it will help other motorists to see you and your vehicle sooner.
Book a Service
Generally speaking, cars should have a full service once a year or every 12,000 miles. If your service is due shortly, it is wise to book your car in for a service before you plan to go on a long journey, giving you peace of mind that your car is in good working order before you set off. Alternatively, you could book your car in for an interim service if it is not yet due for a full service.
You can book a car service in Hook with Hook Xpress online today, and choose from our three BOSCH service plans. We use genuine BOSCH parts that are guaranteed for 12 months, and all our service packages include a Wash n Vac, written estimates and a free local vehicle collection service (to be arranged at time of booking).