Preparing for your summer travels
These days, lots of Brits choose to stay in the UK rather than jetting off abroad. But driving in the warmer summer months can bring challenges. I’m collaborating with Lookers PLC to give some of their tips on making sure you’re sorted for the drive.
Essential vehicle checks
Once winter is over you should be taking off your winter tyres and replacing them with all season tyres. This avoids rapid wear and makes your winter tyres last for another winter. You should check your tyre pressure frequently and make sure you keep an eye on the tread levels too-if you’re not sure how to do this, check your manual. Under inflated tyres mean you use more fuel and can cause accidents, and if your tread is too low you’ll find braking difficult which could prove fatal.
Before any long journeys you should check your oil and screenwash levels. You should also make sure your wipers are working and that all your lights are okay, and it’s worth thinking about getting a mechanic to check the car over too-depending on how long since your last check.
Pack the essentials
You should always have an emergency kit in the boot. You’ll need some water, some long lasting food, a torch, jump leads, basic tools and a warm coat. If you have high vis clothing pack that, as well as a portable phone charger. As someone who once broke down on the side of the motorway in the winter, with a dead phone, I wish I’d followed my own advice!
Whilst there are essentials that need to be packed, try not to overload your vehicle, as it can cause issues with tyre pressure, fuel economy and safety. If items are piled too high inside the car, they can block the driver’s vision, so it is important to pack only the necessary items and do so as efficiently as possible.
Tired driving is a definite no-no, especially on long journeys. Driving while fatigued is a major cause of accidents on motorways. To avoid fatigue, drivers should use caution and be prepared to stop and take short naps.
When you’re towing a boat, caravan or trailer you need to make sure that you drive more slowly than usual. You should avoid sudden lane changes, shark braking and rapid deceleration-these can all put pressure on your engine and cause accidents.
*This is a collaborative post with motability dealers Lookers PLC. Do you have any other tips on preparing for your summer travels?