Get Ready to Hit the Road this Summer!
How Logbook Loans can help you have your best summer ever…
School summer holidays are fast approaching and chances are you are going to be using your car to get out and about this summer.
Whether you are driving to a distant holiday destination, taking a long road trip as your holiday, or planning lots of day trips you need to make sure that your car is in tip top condition so that everything goes smoothly.
So here are a few pointers from Logbook Loans about how you can get your car ready to hit the road this summer. Our four point plan will help you to ensure that your car is in top condition:
- Check whether you need a service or MOT
First of all check when your MOT is due. If your car is over three years old it will need an MOT once a year. So do make sure that you car is not going to need an MOT sometime in the middle of all your summer plans. An MOT can be carried out up one month minus one day before your current MOT expires.
Remember that if you car does not have an MOT it cannot be taxed and you will not be able to drive it!
Many car owners also choose to take the opportunity to get their car serviced at the same time as having the MOT done. This is a great idea then you know all is well. Official guidance is that cars should be serviced every 12 months or 12000 miles – whichever is the sooner. You can read more about the benefits of servicing in our article Does Your Car Really Need a Service.
- Check all the essentials of your car
As well as your regular servicing and MOT there are elements of your car that you need to check on a regular basis, and particularly before heading off for summer. So check everything on the following list to make sure that it is in good condition and ready to serve you well this summer.
If you are not expert enough to do all of this yourself then take it to a garage: many car centres such as Halfords will do a basic summer car check for free.
- Tyres – make sure they are not under/over-inflated and that there is no damage or wear.
- Brakes – are they performing as you would expect? If you have any doubt then get them checked by a professional in case there is any damage to the brakes or brake pads.
- Battery – check that your battery fluid levels are up to full level, and use distilled water to top up as needed.
- Fluids – make sure that your engine oil / transmission fluid / power steering fluid / coolant / are all topped up.
- Windscreen and wipers – make sure that wipers are in good working order and that your screenwash is topped up, also that there are no chips in your windscreen that could expand into cracks.
- Lights – check that all bulbs are working both inside and outside the car, and replace as needed.
- Clean it up!
But cleaning the car is not just important to make it look great. It also makes it easy to spot any damage to the body work that may otherwise go unnoticed. There may also still be winter grime such as salt and grit stuck either underneath your car, in wheel arches or in other nooks and crannies. So use a high power jet wash to make sure that you dislodge anything that should not be there and could interfere with the safe running of your car.
- Be prepared
Before you set off on holiday, you need to know that your car is equipped to cope with anything that may happen. In terms of safety, make sure you have emergency supplies at the ready – for example a first aid kit, blankets, bottled water, snack bars, torch, jump leads, a tow rope and reflective safety triangle.
Needless to say it’s also a really good idea to sign up to a breakdown service if you haven’t already done so. They can really save the day in the event of a breakdown or accident.
Also kit out the inside of your car according to who will be travelling. If there will be children in the car then there are various products that can help to store all their in-car entertainment needs. These include organisers that fit on the back of the front seats, compartmentalised storage boxes that sit neatly on the back seat, or play trays. Also do make sure that you have a bin, box or bag for rubbish!
Have a wonderful time in your car this summer, and we hope that the above four-point plan enables you to enjoy hours of safe and carefree motoring. Do check back here soon for more financial and lifestyle tips from Logbook Loans.