The recent sunny weather has got us thinking about that all important summer road trip. Whether you’re staying closer to home and driving through the UK or heading across the channel to discover Europe we have some top tips for you!
Plan your journey
Whether you’re driving in the UK or going abroad for a driving holiday make sure you plan your journey. It may be tempting to completely rely on your sat nav but we would recommend investing in a road map too just in case! Take note of any toll roads you may use and ensure you have the correct fee so you can pay it quickly without having a last minute panic as you drive up to the toll booth!
We would also recommend factoring in some stopping places too for a break. For every two hours of driving you need 15 minutes of rest, so make sure you account for this too.
Prepare your car
Before you even leave the driveway it is important to make sure that your car is ready and in top condition. As part of your checks you should inspect the condition of the tyres, looking at the tread and air pressure, as well as looking out for any cuts or bulges that could cause a potential problem.
Be sure to check and top up the oil, coolant and windscreen washer levels. If you’re going on a long journey it would be a good idea to keep some extra bottles of these products in the boot of your car so you can top up on the go.
When packing your luggage into the boot make sure you can still clearly see out the rear view mirror, it can be tempting to pack as much as you can into your car but it could affect the safety of you and your passengers if you can’t use your rear view mirror.
If you’re not sure what to check or you just don’t have time before your trip give our team a call and book your car in for a service. We will be more than happy to check that everything is in order before you go away!
Car essentials for driving in Europe
In some European countries you have to carry certain items with you by law so it’s a good idea to do some research before you go.
For example, if you’re driving through France you’ll need to carry a breathalyser kit with you, as well as a high visibility jacket and warning triangle. You’ll also need headlight beam adjusters for driving on the other side of the road. It is also a legal requirement in France that you carry a spare bulb with you for your headlights, you may not need it but it’s best to not get caught out by the police when you’re on your holiday!
We’d recommend you check the conditions of your car and breakdown insurance to make sure you’re covered for driving abroad.
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