Five things to check on Your Car before doing a Long Journey

If you are going to be driving a long journey then it is wise to make sure that you check a selection of things in your car before you go. If you spend a few minutes doing this, then you could save yourself a lot of hassle during the journey and you may even avoid a break down or an accident.


It is so important to make sure that your brakes are working well before you set out. Even if you are not driving on steep roads, you need to make sure that they are in good order. Driving your car and testing them by using them is not really enough. It is wise to have a mechanic look at them and make sure that they are not too close to wearing out. If you have your vehicle regularly serviced then this should not be a problem, but otherwise it is good to get them checked, especially f they have not been checked for a long time. You may find that the brake discs or pads are starting to wear and that if you replace them, then you will be a lot safer than if you do not.

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Tyre Tread

It is really important to make sure that your tyres have enough tread on them. If they are worn too low, then you could find that they will not get enough grip on the road. If it is icy or wet, then this could mean the car could skid out of control. Even in dry conditions, it will only take a little oil on the road to put you at risk, so it is so important that you protect yourself by making sure that your tyres have the grip that they need.

Tyre Pressure

It is also important to make sure that the tyres have the right amount of pressure. You can find out what they should be in your owners manual and then use a machine at a petrol station to get them right. You can also buy machines to be able to do this yourself.


It may seem obvious, but it is wise to make sure that you have enough fuel for your journey. If you are going somewhere that will take more than on tank, then it is wise to find out where you will be able to fill up. There are plenty of websites with this information and it is good to find out in advance so that you know where to plan to stop on your journey.


Water is essential for keeping the engine cool but also for washing the windscreen. Make sure that you top up both and that you add window wash or anti-freeze to the windscreen wash if necessary. It is especially wise to have enough water when on motorways as windscreens tend to get grubbier when on them and you will have less opportunities to stop and top up. It may be wise to carry screen wash with you as well, in case you do run out. It will save you having to but some during the journey which could be hard to do and will also be more pricey.

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