With everyone thinking about holidays in the run up to Summer, I thought I would share a holiday car checklist. We normally have a lot of lists and things to think about when we’re going on holiday, but one thing that’s easy to overlook is the car.
When we travel in the car, especially on long journeys it’s important to make sure the car is safe. There are lots of obvious things such as checking your breaks and lights but there are also other important things you should check such as your tyre pressure and luggage. It’s easy to overlook these things when we’re in a rush to get somewhere, but it’s really important that your car is working correctly and safely. Here’s what to check before you take your car on holiday.
The last thing you want when you’re half way to your destination is to break down. Before you leave make sure your insurance includes breakdown cover and is up to date. If it doesn’t cover break downs get adequate insurance before you leave. It’s also worth taking a note of the breakdown number on your phone to keep handy.
If you do a lot of travelling your tyres will be under a lot of pressure and can show signs of wear and tear before you know it. That’s why it’s important to check your tyres before setting off on a long journey. If you find signs of wear get the tyres changed before leaving. If you need new tyres but don’t have time to go to your local garage you could use Point-s to order your tyres online. They can be delivered to your door, you can collect them or they can be delivered and fitted at your nearest fitting centre for your convenience. It’s also important to check your spare wheel is in the car and suitable to use should you need it. Be sure to also check your tyre pressure, this is especially important if you are travelling with a full load. Check your manufacturers handbook for the ideal tyre pressure.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a hot, stuffy car for a long period of time so be sure to check your air conditioning is working before you set off. Do this at least a week before you’re due to leave so any problems can be fixed.
If you’re travelling by car and have young children, chances are you won’t have enough boot space for all of the suitcases and will have to strap some to the roof. Before you start putting items on the roof check your car handbook to find out what the maximum permitted roof load is. Ensure that your items are secure before you set off and stop regularly to check that the ties haven’t become loose. This is important not only for your safety but for other road users safety too, should one of the suitcases become loose and fall off on the motorway it could cause a serious accident.
Breaks and lights
Test your breaks and lights before setting off on your journey to make sure both are working correctly. If you have any problems with your breaks or lights, get them checked before you travel and allow time for any fixes to be carried out.
Windscreen wipers and screen wash
If your travelling across the UK, chances are you will travel through the four seasons thanks to our lovely British weather. That’s why it’s important to check your window wipers are working correctly and can handle any weather that might come your way. Checking you have adequate screen wash is also important as if you’re travelling a long distance your windscreen will get dirty and need to be cleaned at some stage.
Water, oil and coolant
Before taking to the road make sure your water, oil and coolant are all topped up. This is especially important during the Summer months when the hot weather can cause levels to drop quicker, leaving you with a car that could overheat and ruin your holiday.
I know checking the car might be the last thing on your list when you’re getting ready for your Holiday, but it really is important. I would recommend you carry out the checklist at least a week before you leave so you can rectify any problems you might find. After all, you want to arrive safely at your destination.
The more you travel the more risk there is of having an accident so ensuring your car is in tip-top condition is important to minimise the risks. If you have an accident and need to make a claim then get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline who can talk you through the steps involved.