Going on a road trip can be very exciting! Gathering some friends and travelling by car to somewhere new gives you total flexibility on your route, allows you to be as spontaneous as you’d like, and of course, you can sing along to your favourite drive along music as loud as you want whilst having long, deep chats!
Ensuring that your car is in good shape before you set off on your adventure is essential. Today I’m collaborating with Fife Auto Centre in order to share some tips for you to properly service your car
Check The Fluids
Checking the fluids in your car before you set off is quick and easy to do, and it can help to prevent problems such as car accidents or unnecessary breakdowns on the road. It is important to check that the oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen wash levels are all sufficient. If you’re not sure where each fluid reservoir is located, you can refer to your car manual which will demonstrate the exact location.
Check The Air Pressure
Nothing quite deflates the mood as much as a flat tyre whilst on a road trip! Therefore, be sure to check that the air pressure in your tyres is on par with your vehicle’s recommended PSI, which can be found in your car manual. It is also important to check the pressure in your spare tyre, which is frequently neglected.
Check The Lights
This may be an obvious one, but it’s important to ensure that all your car lights and signals are working. Sit in your car and turn on each light or signal, and ask a friend to tell you if it is working or not. If necessary, replace any bulbs that aren’t working and consider carrying a spare bulb with you on your road trip for emergencies.
Check Your Tyre Wear
Long road trips can cause blowouts on worn out tyres, especially when the weather is warmer. You can help prevent this from happening on your car simply by checking the tread depth on your tyre before you leave. The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm. This can be checked by placing a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyres and ensuring that the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted. If the outer band of the coin is still visible, it is likely that your tyres are unsafe and should be checked out by a professional as soon as possible. Fife Autocentre can help you in this regard, you can also book cheap tyres in Stirling and other areas of Fife
Give Your Car A Good Wash
The final thing to do before you set off on your adventure is to give your car a good scrub! Not only does this ensure good visibility for the driver, but it also means that you will all get to enjoy the scenery at its full potential! Bon voyage!