PLANNING AN AUTUMN/WINTER ROAD TRIP? TIPS TO GET YOUR CAR READY

 Exotic holidays are off the cards for many of us at the moment, so what better time to explore beautiful destinations closer to home? If your plans to travel are on ice, and you’re organising a road trip with your family in the coming weeks, here are some tips to get your car ready. 



Book a service


Services are like health checks for cars. If you haven’t had your car serviced for as long as you can remember, booking it into the garage is an excellent idea. Routine services can flag up issues, but they’re also an effective preventative measure. If you take your car to be serviced on a regular basis, and you’re up to date, you could save a substantial amount of money on repairs. Your car will also be a more attractive prospect to buyers if you choose to sell. When it comes to booking your car in, you can choose a specialist dealer like a Vauxhall service , or a trusted local garage that services all makes and models. If you’re new to an area, it’s worth reading reviews and asking friends, neighbours and colleagues for recommendations. In most cases, you’ll be able to book online and choose a slot that fits in with your schedule.

Check your tyres


If you’re planning a road trip, it’s crucial to check your tyres  before you set off. Inspect the surfaces to make sure that the tyres are in good condition and check the pressure. It’s wise to pump the tyres up before you leave if the pressure is low. Most new cars don’t come with a spare tyre, but they usually have a puncture kit. If you don’t have a spare with you, it’s important to ensure you have a puncture kit, just in case you need to carry out running repairs on your travels. If your tyres are worn, it’s best to replace them before making a long journey. 

Basic engine checks


Autumn/winter can be a challenging time for drivers, and the last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road with your bonnet up in driving rain or strong winds. If you’re hitting the tarmac ready for a break away with the family, tick off a basic checklist. Check the oil , the oil filter  and the coolant levels and make sure all your lights are working. If you’ve had any problems with the engine, or you’ve noticed unusual noises or unpleasant odours, book your car into the garage before your trip. Addressing issues early can help to prevent them from getting worse, enhance safety and save you money. 

Pack cold weather supplies

There’s every chance that you’ll reach your destination without any problems, but it’s always beneficial to err on the side of caution and prepare for all eventualities. When  travelling in cold weather , pack extra layers and blankets, make sure you have a scraper to clean the windscreen and windows, carry de-icer with you and put a first aid kit together. You should also have high-visibility vests and a warning triangle

This autumn/winter, many families will be hitting the roads to enjoy a staycation. If you’re planning a road trip, take these tips on board for a break to remember for all the right reasons.

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