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The School holidays are almost here, which means many people in the UK will be taking a holiday, and this could invole driving long distances.

A few simple checks before leaving home may save problems later in the journey.


Check that brake, power steering fliud, oil and coolant(antifreeze) levels are up to the mark.

(not just for winter months, anti freeze is important all year round as it contains additives that can help prevent corrosion and it also improves summer cooling too)

Clean the windscreen inside and out, windows, door and interior mirrors.

Fill the windscreen-washer bottle with a screenwash to help clear traffic film and dead insects.


Check the tread depth on your tyres, the minimum legal requirement in the UK in 1.6mm but it is better to have at least 3mm before setting off on a long journey.

Check and adjust tyre pressures if necessary- a car full of passengers and luggage will probably need a different tyres pressure than your normal day to day use.

The correct pressures will be given in your cars handbook. (don't forget to also do the spare tyre)

Check you have a jack and wheel brace and if you have locking nuts that you have the key, that they all work, and if you need to that you know how to change the wheel if necessary.

Whilst driving

Don't drive for more than eight hours in a day or for then more than two and a half hours without a break.

Several short twenty minute stops are better than one long one, so plan your stops as well as the route you are going to take.

A pair of sunglasses may be useful in bright conditions so have a pair handy in case you need them.

Keeping Cool

If you park in the sun, using a windscreen shade and opening the doors and windows as soon as you get back to it will help cool the interior.

leaving the windows open while you drive out of the car park may lower the inside temperature by several degrees, but don't forget to close the windows before putting the air conditioning on if you have it.

Recylcing the air in the car will cool it qiucker. Once the air has cooled the inside of the car, you may be able to turn it down or off, as running the air conditioning all the time can effect your fuel economy.


Hope the guide was of use, we are able to answer questions regaring tyres in more detail at bespokewheels

Most of all have a good holiday


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