Advice to Road Trippers ahead of Summer Holidays
Are you setting off on a road trip this summer? Having a reliable set of wheels has never been more important to ensure your road trip fun goes off without a hitch. To help get your car road trip ready, Heritage Classic Car Insurance have compiled six top tips for those looking to explore some of the best driving routes across the UK.
Check your tyres
Tyres should undergo the ‘20p test’ every few weeks. All you need to do is take a 20p coin and pop into the tread of your tyre. The tyre should cover the outer part of the coin if the tread is above the legal limit of 1.6mm. If the tread does not cover the coin, then replacement tyres need to be considered.
Check your brakes
You can manually check if your brake pads are still road worthy by making sure you can see at least 3mm of pad. If in doubt, it’s worth seeking a professional opinion at a local garage. Luckily, most modern-day cars will highlight any engine or break issues on their dashboards nowadays.
Check your fluid levels
Just like us humans, our cars need lots of fluids to be able to function. These include engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windscreen washer fluid. If you’re not familiar with the different fluids your car needs, ask your local car garage for advice or ask a friend or neighbour to assist. The last thing you want is to have not windscreen washer fluid and mucky windows on unfamiliar roads.
Check your lights
Ensure your lights work as needed, from side lights to fog lights. Police fines can occur if you have a faulty light.
Have a breakdown kit handy
Breakdowns happen when you least expect them so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having a breakdown bundle available in your car boot with some food supplies, a torch, puncture repair kit, jump leads and a tow rope will never got a-miss. Having breakdown cover is also worth considering, especially before heading off on a series of long drives.
Know your route
While it can be tempting to take to the open road without a plan, having an idea of where you want to go and the things you want to do - even if it’s just a basic idea - is worthwhile. Simple identify key points of interest on your sat-nav or do it the old-fashioned way and plot out your route on a physical map. Having a steer on locations and regions will also ensure that you don’t miss key landmarks and allow you to know local accommodation availability.
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