Are you going away with the family this summer? At Carmaster we know how important it is that you and your loved ones stay safe on the roads, so we’ve put together a useful checklist of safety tips for long car journeys:
- Always check the depth of your tyre tread before setting off on a long journey. Having worn tyres is not only illegal but adversely affects the level of grip and control you have on the roads. The legal limit is 1.6mm minimum across the central three-quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Also see (link to tyre article)
- Make sure you have a spare tyre, first aid kit and breakdown kit handy in case of a breakdown or other emergency – it’s always best to be prepared. It’s also a good idea to join a breakdown service so you know help is at hand if you need it.
- If you’ve got kids in the back, pack some games or prepare a list of activities to keep them occupied during long journeys – if they get bored, they can become a dangerous distraction to the driver. If they’re old enough, games and videos on an iPhone, iPad or other handheld console – such as Nintendo DS or Sony PSP – will usually be enough. Peppa Pig is always a good one!
- Always make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressures before setting out. Driving with under-inflated tyres increases the risk of a blow-out, while correct pressure can increase the life of the tyres and improve fuel economy. Consult your manufacturer’s handbook to find out the tyre pressures for your vehicle.
- Tyre pressure should be checked when they are cold – an inaccurate reading is likely if you do it straight after driving as tyres heat up when they’re being used.
- Don’t forget to take regular breaks on long journeys to stop the driver becoming sleepy – pull into a service station and have a drink or just stretch your legs.
Feel free to pop in and see us before your journey – we’re happy to check your car over free of charge and it leaves you free to focus on more important issues – like the packing. Happy holidays!