A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Glasgow, and as I talked about my travel plans changed at the last minute. I’d been asked to do a collaborative post with Kwik Fit talking about how I prepare for a long car journey and this was the perfect opportunity to talk about the preparations I do before I go on a road trip.
I check my oil, water and tyres regularly, and make sure my screenwash is of the correct concentration for the time of year. I do this very deliberately before a long drive though, because I know what a nightmare it is trying to drive home with a filthy windscreen, how knackered your car can get when you run it down to no oil, and how bad the wrong tyre pressure is for fuel economy. Petrol costs a fortune, I want as many miles as possible out of my tank!
It’s worth mentioning too that my MOT and Service is done once a year as it should be-which is an obvious one but so many drivers don’t do this. I also have fully comprehensive insurance-again an obvious one but there are a LOT of uninsured drivers, sadly.
I always carry useful things in my boot: a snow shovel, wellies and cat litter in cold weather (if you get stuck in snow, cat litter will get you moving and unlike carpet you don’t try and get it back!) and also a coat, scarf and gloves. In the summer I have a spare pair of sunglasses, some suncream and a long sleeved but thin top, as well as a light raincoat. No matter what the weather I have a torch, a spare tyre, some bottles of water (large, 2 litre ones) and some long lasting food like cereal bars. If I break down (and I have, before) I want to know that I can be warm and have something to drink. I actually need to add a high vis jacket or vest to my emergency kit too.
Charge your phone
When I broke down before, my phone battery was dead. I didn’t think this was a problem as I was only doing an 8 mile trip, but I had to use the emergency phone at the side of the motorway, and then I had to beg them to ring my mum for me so she knew I was safe. Now I always charge my phone, always carry an in car charger so I can charge my phone on the journey, and keep a spare, fully charged charging bank on me too. Then if I have to get out of the car I can keep phone battery until the AA arrive.
What do you do before a long car journey?
*This post is a collaboration with Kwik Fit. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.