5 Checks You Should Always do Before a Long Journey

Posted on Jan 25 2018 - 11:28am by admin

If you are going on a long car journey, you need to make sure that your car is in excellent condition before you set off. This way, if you do have any problems, you can take your car to a mechanic such as Mercedes-Benz servicing before you leave.

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Check Your Tyres

If you are planning to go a long way on the motorway, your tyre pressure is extremely important. This is because an underinflated tyre can blow out if the pressure and heat gets too much, which can be quite a shock when you are driving at speed! Fortunately, checking your tyre pressure is very easy and you can just go to your local petrol station and use the pressure gauge there as well as pump air in if you need to.

The simplest method is to use a 20p coin to see whether the edge is obscured when it is inserted into the tread. If it is, then your tyres are legal, if not, they need to be changed. When you drive on bald tyres, you have reduced stopping times as well as the possibility that you might start aquaplaning in wet weather.

Check Your Windscreen Wash and Wipers

Being able to see clearly is vital when you are driving so you need to ensure that you have enough screenwash and that your wipers don’t leave streaks on the glass. However fine the weather is now, it may rain later on and cause cars to throw up fine mud behind them on the motorway. In cold weather you should make sure that you use screenwash that contains de-icer so that it doesn’t immediately freeze when it hits the windscreen.

Check Your Lights

You should check your lights regularly to make sure that they are working well and not flickering or lighting up in the wrong place. This is important because your lights show your intentions as well as where you are on the road.

 

Here is a video to show you how to check your lights thoroughly.

 

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Check Your Fuel

Though there are plenty of opportunities to refuel along the motorway at service stations, if you are driving in the country, you need to make sure that you have enough fuel to get you to your destination. Always refuel with plenty of time left to avoid getting into trouble.

Check Your Oil

Finally, you should check your oil. This is what keeps your engine running smoothly so having the right amount is vital if you want a good journey. To check your oil, all you need to do is switch off the car completely, pop the hood of the car and use the dipstick to see where the oil is up to. You may need to top the oil up, in which case, use a funnel and then test again with the dipstick to check that there is the right amount.

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