Summer is the perfect time for taking long drives and seeing where the roads take you. But, unfortunately, it’s also a time where your car could be most likely to throw a spanner in the works and try to stop you in your tracks. To make sure your travels are seamless and filled with adventures, there are a few tips and tricks to ensure you have the best time!
From your car’s health to your own comfort, read on as we help you stay prepped and ready for a summer filled with fun and driving.
Check your car’s health
This applies all year round, but it especially prevalent when you’re planning on going for a long trip. Whether you’re learning to drive in Birmingham, or a more rural area, your car’s health should always be a priority. Make sure to check the engine oil, coolant and screenwash levels, topping them up if they need it.
You should also consider your tyres’ tread and air pressure. If the tread is wearing thin then you should consider replacing your tyres, and if they’re leaning towards being bald then this will become a necessity rather than an option.
As you can imagine, it’s also extremely important to make sure you have enough fuel in your car before setting off. And, if you know you’re going to need to stop off for more somewhere within your route, it’s a good idea to find out where exactly you’re going to do this before you begin your drive.
Check ahead for traffic updates
As we finally get a glimpse of some much-needed sun this summer, it’s likely that everyone will have the same idea and flock to the seaside, or other popular road trip destinations.
Stay a step ahead and check route planners for any accidents or closures before you get behind the wheel. If you’re travelling within England then the current traffic conditions are readily available on the Highways England website. Whilst on the road, you can also get live updates and travel news from the local radio channels.
Rest and refreshments
If your road trip is due to span more than a couple of hours, then it’s best practice to plan out stops and respite somewhere along the way. It’s extremely important to avoid over-tiredness and dehydration when behind the wheel, especially during the hottest season.
Pack some snacks and bottled water for your drive to keep you in peak condition between stops. Stopping at services is also beneficial to help keep you alert, whilst also offering you the chance to stretch your legs and use the bathroom. These breaks won’t add much time to your overall journey and are an essential part of travelling during summer.
Avoid the glare
As much as we all love the sun, it can cause hazards when driving. Keep your windscreen clean and clear, and keep a pair of sunglasses handy so that your view is less likely obstructed. Also, make sure to utilise your car’s sun visor to reduce the glare on your screen. Remember, safety should always come first.