How To Check Your Vehicle Before A Long Journey
Taking any long journeys soon?
To avoid any breakdowns or issues, it’s beneficial to thoroughly check your vehicle to make sure everything is running ok. The last thing you need on your way to the airport is to be at the side of the road waiting for assistance. It’s worth spending that little bit of extra time checking your vehicle to ensure you arrive easily at your destination.
Everything should be smooth sailing once you tick off these areas:
- Check the fluids
Ensure that the oil, water and screen wash are at the appropriate levels; this will take away the stress that a long journey can place on your vehicle. The oil maintains the smooth running of your engine and the water keeps the engine cool. Running low on these during a long journey is a recipe for disaster!
- Tyre condition
Take the time to check that each of your tyres are fit for use, including the spare (if you have one). Before you leave, make sure they’re at the correct pressure and check the tread and general condition. It’s worth looking for cuts, bulges or anything that could affect the tyre too. Tyres can heat up and blow out on long journeys, so make sure you leave with them in tiptop condition.
- Check your wipers
Wiper blades can wear down over time so it’s worth checking these are in good shape. If not, they can smear your windscreen, which can then impair your visibility.
- Give your car a clean!
It may be one of the last things on your mind, but a clean vehicle will not only improve your visibility, but will help other drivers see you. Dirt can build up on your headlights and breaklights, which can then affect your use of them. It’s essential that your lights are functioning properly, particularly at night.
- Light check
Speaking of lights, double check that all of your lights are functioning, including brakes and signalling. When lights stop working it’s usually due to a faulty fuse, so it may be worth always having a few spare bulbs just in case.
- Emergency kits
Before your journey, check that your emergency kit is up-to-date with all necessary equipment that could assist you if you break down. Your kit should include the following:
- First aid kit
- Warning triangle
- Jack or wheel removal tools, or self inflation kit
- Tyre pressure and tread gauge
- High-visibility vest
At Fourways Self Drive, our large range of vehicles are maintained to a high standard and serviced ready for when you hire. Contact us to find out which vehicle is right for your next trip!