Is your car safe?
With a heatwave just around the corner, chances are you are already planning a few trips down to your local beach or perhaps escaping for a little staycation. But have you thought about caring for your car and tyres?
Whilst many of us are already aware of what precautions we need to take when temperatures plummet during the winter, it is easy to take your car for granted. I have had my car for just over three years now and despite passing its MOT with flying colours, I have still yet to actually get round to do a full service on it. As for my tyres I probably should check their pressures and tread. If you are like me then, here are a couple of things we can all do to ensure that we stay safe on the roads and can get back to focusing on those BBQ’s or trips out.
- Ensure your tyres have sufficient tread, no cuts or bulges. For brand new car tyres that are in perfect condition you can get online from DAT Tyres here
- Check the pressures against the manufactures recommendation on a regular basis before a long journey and when the tyres are cool.
- Check that your car has good quality tyres that meet the driving requirements.
- Carry plenty of water both for you and your car in case it overheats.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen if you drive a convertible.
When was the last time you checked your tyres?
With the wedding approaching, both Al and I are penny pinching, but if there is one thing that is worth investing in then it is some decent tyres. Not only do they reduce your fuel consumption, helping you to save more money in the long run, but they could also save your life!
Do you have any trips planned over the next few weeks? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: This post is collaborated by DAT Tyres
After a lovely relaxing weekend in the Welsh countryside, it was time for me and Al to make the 258 mile trip back down South. Of course, with the temperatures dropping to a cool 3 degrees Celsius, poor visibility and an unfamiliar route, it came as no surprise when the dreaded orange light appeared on the dashboard and there were no petrol stations in sight. You could say this wasn’t exactly part of the plan at 1am in the morning.
However, if this whole experience has taught me anything it is: if we fail to prepare then we should prepare to fail. Whilst I haven’t passed my test yet, I think we can all benefit from a Winter essentials list for driving in colder temperatures, or simply when we set out on longer journeys. So, aside from anti-freeze, a scraper and a blanket what else should we take with us when driving home for Christmas?
Prepare Your Vehicle
- Make sure your car has been serviced.
- Test your brakes.
- Check your tyre tread.
- Make sure all of your lights are working and carry spare bulbs.
- Make sure your battery is fully charged.
- Check your wipers and wiper blades are working ok.
- Make sure all of your fluids are topped up – windscreen wash, anti-freeze and oil.
- Consider stocking up on the above essentials at the start of Winter.
- Tow rope.
- Snow shovel.
- De-icing equipment.
- A blanket to keep you warm.
- A thermos flask with a hot drink or soup.
- Wear warm clothes.
- Snacks in case you get stranded.
- A fully charged mobile phone.
- A working torch.
- A well stocked first aid kit with foil blanket.
Prepare for your journey
- Check the weather forecast before setting off on a long journey.
- Avoid making long journeys or travelling if conditions are bad.
- Keep your fuel tank near to full – We nearly learnt the hard way!
- Let someone know your route and what time you expect to arrive in case you run into difficulties.
- Consider a map in case your sat nav or phone dies on you.
These are just some of the ways you can prepare for travelling in colder weather such as snow, rain or severe wind. Of course, there are many other ways you can ensure that you and your passengers stay safe, such as ensuring you reduce your speed. If you would like more information on travelling in Winter then you can check out the ROSPA website for more tips and the AA website also sells winter kits for under £30.
Will you be making any long journeys before the New Year? How do you make sure you stay safe? I would love to hear from you all.
Not sure how to perform basic service checks on your vehicle? Check out Cars.com for further tips and advice.
*La Blonde Voyage was compensated to write this post on www.lablondevoyage.co.uk.