If you are one of the thousands of motorists planning to hit the road this Easter to take a well-deserved break, then you are sure to find these 6 Basic Pre-Journey Car Checks useful.
Keep your car purring this Easter by spending a few minutes working through the Check List to help ensure you reach your destination without a hitch.
6 Basic Pre-Journey Car Checks
Oil Check – the oil should be registering close to the FULL mark on the dipstick. If the level is low, then top it up using the oil recommended in the Owners Handbook. If the oil is very black, then it will be advisable to change it.
Engine Coolant Check – look at the engine coolant level – it should be between the two mark lines. Don’t open the cap if the engine is hot as it will be pressurised. If it is a bit low, when the engine is cold, top it up with the recommended type of coolant mixed with water.
Battery Check –Check for any acid leaks, cracks or corrosion around the terminals. If the engine starts up more slowly than normal, the battery could be in need of replacement. If your battery is more than 5 years old, it is worth having it tested before setting out on a long trip.
Fluid Level Checks – check brake fluid, power steering fluid and washer fluid bottles are all topped up.
Lights, Wipers & Electrical Checks – check all your lights are operating and have some spare bulbs in glove box for emergency use. Check your heaters and air con is working effectively. If you are finding your windows are misting up all the time, you could have a blocked pollen filter. If your wipers are not keeping the windscreen clear, it’s time to replace the wiper blades.
Tyre Checks – particularly important to check tyre pressures if you are carrying more people or are weighed down with luggage as you will need more air in your tyres to compensate for the additional load. Also check your tyre tread is more than the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm.
Wishing you a safe and trouble-free journey and a wonderful Easter!
The F&H Team!