Car Preparations before Travelling

Posted on 22. Nov, 2011 by in Transportation

Do you wish to set off to a holiday spree soon? Are you planning to tour London by car? Well then, don’t let a car breakdown ruin your trip. In a few simple steps, you will be able to avoid such events from happening. The Gatwick Airport Guide collected the Top 10 Car Care tips to one should remember before heading out to your journey.

Engine Failure Guide

If in the middle of your trip your car encounters a breakdown, just contact your car provider and claim its warranty. You can renew this warranty after it has expired, otherwise you can check other car warranty providers that help insure a range of vehicles.

1. Breakdown Cover

When your car fails, your holiday trips may just be ruined. More than that it will cost you to spend more and you will just have a financial breakdown as well. Before you head to your trip, have your car insured in the event that it breakdowns. Check the for breakdown providers which can help you find the best deal.

2. Check your Tyres

Majority of car failures are caused by dangerous tyres. Both incorrect tyre pressure and tyre tread will cause your vehicle to be unsafe on the road. Not only is it unsafe but the average driver loses £150/yr from driving on under-inflated tyres. It may be caused by under inflation which can lead to tyres getting overheated. Overinflated tyres will result to its rapid wearing out. And if you are caught with illegal tyre leads, you will be charged a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre. You can address such problems by buying tyres online such as from Have a spare wheel and a jack in your boot. It is also advisable that you know how to change a tyre. Have the pressure of your tyres checked.

3. Fuel

Picture this out. You are in a hurry to get to the airport because you are running late. How devastating would it be if you run out of fuel? Now if this happens to you, you should fret not. There are a few petrol stations open along the roads leading to the airport. But this would mean that you have to be towed to the nearest petrol station, thus wasting more time and money. Other than that, before heading out on a trip, make sure you have the right fuel. Wrong fuel inserted into the car tank can cause permanent damage to your vehicles. But there are ways to avoid this such as checking the cheapest fuel in the area with Double check your fuel level before setting off. Place a colour coded sticker on your fuel cap to remind you which fuel to use. (i.e. Green for Unleaded). And carry an emergency kit which you can purchase at the Car Parts Direct.

4. Emergency Kits

Carrying a n emergency kit inside your car is always highly encouraged for car breakdowns can happen in the most unexpected time and place. You should include water, food, blanket, first aid kits, torch, maps and emergency triangle inside your emergency kit.

5. Winter Driving Tips

Weather conditions can be a problem with car drivers. The roads can be covered with snow and ice during the winter season which can affect your vision and even your driving. And this may cause you getting delayed for your flight. To address this problem, make sure that you have a breakdown cover to get you out of sticky situations. Carry an anti-freeze, extra blankets, tow rope, water, torch, maps and emergency triangle in your car.

6. Flat Battery

A car not starting can be a devastating situation especially when you are in a hurry. To avoid this from happening, always carry a set of jump leads in your car. Take it on a long run the night before you set off. You can also charge it overnight once every two weeks to avoid a flat battery.

7. Check your Brakes

It is very important to check your car brakes before setting off to the airport for it may cause your life if it fails. Check your brake pads regularly pr have it replaced if it already produces a screeching sound.

8. Check Oil Levels

Oil acts as the blood of your car engine. It keeps it running which makes it a priority to change it regularly. Check your oil levels regularly, advisable is once a week, using a dipstick under the bonnet. And be sure that you are using the correct oil for your car.

9. Check Water Levels

To keep the car’s coolant system functioning in tip top condition top it up on a regular basis with water. Making sure water levels are accurate will avert problems with your car’s radiator and help you to avoid breakdowns. In addition to topping up the coolant system you must make sure the windscreen washer is full.

10. Lights

Constant light beams should be perceptible at the frontage and rear of any road vehicle, with the exception of indicators. This means that if you have a broken head light or tail light then the police can stop and fine you. Car drivers are encouraged to turn on all their lights and walk around your vehicle to check they work. Also keep a spare bulb in your car so you can change it as soon as your light get broken.

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