June 21, 2012
-- You may be forgiven for thinking that driving in the summer is relatively risk free but long journeys and busy holiday routes along with high temperatures can all take its toll on cars, drivers and passengers. It may have been a fairly wet start to the year but hopefully we can look forward to some sunshine in the next few months. The best way to ensure your journey goes to plan and remains stress free is to prepare.
A few simple vehicle checks can save a ruined day out or a spoiled family holiday. Before you embark on a long journey, you should always check your tyre pressures as when it get hotter, high temperatures can aggravate existing weak spots causing punctures or even a blow out. Remember to check caravan tyres as well, as these may have stood for a while and have damage that you have not noticed. A great tip if you are carrying more passengers than usual or extra luggage is to increase the tyre pressure and it can help with fuel economy as well.
Your local garage will always give your car a quick check over if you are not sure what to look for, the last thing you need in hot weather is for your fan to break and your car to overheat.
If you have a long way to drive, it’s always best to keep alert and if possible share the driving or take regular breaks every few hours. If you have kids in the car they will be much happier if they can take a run around or stop for an ice cream to break the journey.
A trip to the beach is always a fun family day out but keeping car keys safe is essential, that’s one treasure hunt you don’t want! Another problem at the beach is that sand and sea water do not mix with today’s modern transponder keys and fobs.
By taking a few simple precautions you can avoid unpleasant incidents and even an accident this summer and keep your no claims discount safe by preventing a claim on your car insurance (http://www.compareinsurers.com/
). Keeping your family and car in one piece is also a good idea!
Finally, if you are driving in Europe remember to check with car insurance provider (http://www.compareinsurers.com/Car-Insurance.aspx
) that you are fully covered and have complied with all the necessary driving rules in that country.