Preparing your car tyres for a holiday trip
Posted by: Cal on 28/08/2013
If you're heading out with some friends or maybe your family on a drive to a holiday destination, you first need to be sure that your car is in optimal condition.
You don't want to get out on the road, half way to your destination and then realise something is very wrong!
Here is what you should check up on before you hit the road, with a particular focus on your car tyres.
Check that all your documents are updated
Before you get on the road, make sure that your vehicle and its licensing and registration meets all legal safety requirements and adheres to all regulations. Be certain that your driver's license is up to date, and keep it with you on your journey.
It's also a good idea for your own peace of mind to get your vehicle serviced before you head out, so you know everything is in tip top shape.
Give your car tyres a check up
What state are your car tyres in? Tyre safety is one of the most important responsibilities you face as owner of a vehicle. For the safety of you, your passengers and other people on the road it's essential that you check up on your tyres lest there be some disastrous consequences.
First, check that there are no punctures or cuts in the rubber of your tyres, as these could cause an all-out flat or burst tyre further down the line.
Next, take a look at your tread depth. If your tyres are worn down to their tread depth indicator or are looking sketchy, don't drive without replacing them first. If a tyre's tread is too low, it can lose its grip to the road much more easily and be the cause of an accident.
In addition you want to make sure that your tyres are at the correct level of pressure. When tyres are overinflated you are at risk of them bursting, while if they are under inflated they are incredibly unreliable and dangerous too. You can check up on your tyre pressure at service stations where you can fill them or release them if necessary.
Have your spare at the ready
In a worst case scenario, you want to be prepared. That means having a spare tyre on hand in case a tyre does burst along the way.
You should keep a spare tyre stored well in your car boot. Make sure it's protected from the elements to avoid damaging and degenerating the tyre's quality. Even if you have never used your spare tyre, you can't keep it forever as over time they naturally degrade.
That means that every several years you may need to replace your spare tyre, even if it has simply remained untouched in your car. Safety first!
Check your oil
Before you set off on your adventure it's also important to check your levels of the essentials such as water and oil. A dipstick in your car's oil tank will be able to tell you if you have the correct amount. You may also want to check your levels of brake fluid, transmission fluid and power steering fluid.
An assistant at a service station will also be able to help you with these requests if you are not sure where to look, so don't be afraid to ask for their help.
Have the essentials
Of course, no long journey is complete without the perfect mix of music and snacks. Get your playlist ready and stop off at the supermarket before you hit the highway. Drive safely and enjoy the ride.