Essential Car Safety Checks for Long Journeys

As winter approaches it’s an important time of year to think about how safe your car is. This is even more important if you’re planning a long car journey.

We all remember being shown how to check the oil in our car, top up the screen wash and check the water level, but what about the more important stuff? The safety checks that are essential for long journeys.

I’ve put together a basic #CarSafetyChecklist for you.

Car Battery

Some cars will allow you to check the battery level by simply opening each cell so that you can check the levels. If you find that your car battery is flat, you can try to re-charge it using a charger or you can try jump starting it with jump leads, but failing this a new battery is usually the best option, especially if the battery is old. Kwik Fit is a good place to start your search for a new battery.

Checking Tyre Treads

The legal limit for tyre depth tread is 1.6mm and this should cover 3/4 of the central part of the tyre. Tyre manufacturers can help you work out where 1.6mm is with a tyre bar that runs across the tyre at the legal limit of 1.6mm.

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Windscreen Wipers

Replacing worn out windscreen wipers is another important safety check. When you notice a water residue is left on your windscreen then you’ll know it’s time to replace your windscreen wipers. This is especially important if you’re planning a long journey. The last thing you’ll want is to be driving on a motorway in torrential rain with worn out windscreen wipers.

Check Your Lights

Lights are often overlooked when thinking about car safety, but can you imagine driving down a road at night with no lights? Pretty scary I imagine. Checking the lights on the front of your car is pretty simple and can be done by yourself by simply switching them on, walking around the front of the car and checking. Brake lights, however, are a bit trickier. The best way to check these is to enlist the help of a friend who can stand in view of your brake lights whilst you press the brake pedal.

It’s important to note that these are just a few of the safety checks you should do. There are lots more out there so it’s important to do your research before embarking on your journey.

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