As we’re almost completely out of the coronavirus lockdown – hopefully forever – it’s no surprise that this year is expected to set a new record for staycations. Roads are already loaded with cars and people trying to escape to a different part of the UK, most travelling for hours on end to get to summer holiday hotspots.
Nothing could put a kink in your travel plans like having your car break down. To avoid this, make time to fully prepare before you set off. If you do nothing else, check these five things:
1) Fluid Levels
Top up your engine oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze if they are looking low. If you’re not sure how to check your car’s engine oil level, try following the steps in the video below:
Check all your lights are working as they should before a long journey – you may need to ask a family member or friend to help you check your brake or indicator lights.
Ensure you conduct a thorough check on your tyres, confirming that the tread depth is above the legal requirement (1.6mm) and that they are pumped up. And, most importantly, make sure the spare tyre is pumped up.
If your vehicle has been standing awhile, be aware that your brakes may be partially seized and/or corroded. If you hear grinding sounds, then it may be best to get them checked out.
It’s often overlooked, but checking your air-con is important, particularly if you are travelling during the peak of summer. Cars can heat up rapidly, which could make for a very uncomfortable journey. Check your air-con by turning it on and noticing whether it blows out cool, or warm air – if you experience the latter, you will need to get it looked at by a professional.
For further peace of mind, book your car in for a service at your local garage. If after checking your car yourself you notice anything unusual, it’s crucial that you take your car to a mechanic to fix any problems before you travel.
Call us at our Hunstanton garage on 01485 533786, or on 01553 763763 for King’s Lynn to book your car in for a service.