As parents of small children we know that safety is paramount, especially when it comes to car safety and car travel. It’s really important you know that your car is safe and roadworthy to carry young people (and yourself) on the road, and now is an ideal time to do this.
So if you’re about to travel in your car this summer to reach your holiday destination, or to visit family and friends, then you need to read and action my car maintenance checklist. Don’t delay, do it today!
- Check the tyre pressure. This goes without saying as you don’t want a tyre blow out on the motorway. With all the hot weather there has been recently please check your tyres, as the heat can impact the pressure. Your car may tell you whether your tyre pressure is too low. But if not all it takes is a quick trip to your local petrol station where it’s usually free to top your tyres up.
- Check your water levels. Have you got enough water to spray your front and back windscreen free of any dirt? It can be really annoying when this runs out mid journey, and your windscreen wipers just shriek across your windscreen leaving more dirty marks.
- Check that you have enough fuel. This is a really obvious point but have you got enough fuel to get you from A to B. As a parent there is nothing worse than having to stop at a service station and pay through the roof for your fuel, and then having to wake up a sleeping child in the back of the car, so you can go to pay.
- Check your oil levels. This is a really simple check and can be done by anybody, even you ladies. Just pop the hood and make sure that the oil level is between the two lines on the gauge. If not then it will need to be topped up before you leave. Not doing this could have implications for your car that could be costly.
- Check your child’s car seat. It is really important to check that it is securely fixed on its isofix base or by the car seat belts. Check that it’s clean, the straps are correctly set-up and that the head rest is in the right position and height for your child.
- Tidy up and declutter your car. Before heading off make sure that the car is clean and tidy, and free of any half eaten biscuits and discarded water bottles. It makes for such a more pleasant journey and for finding things quickly. Plus it means that there are no distractions that may take your eyes off the road.
- Lastly always make sure that your car service is up to date. Ideally it should be carried out each year or every 12,000 miles (whatever comes first). And this should also include a car air conditioning maintenance and service (if required). Calmac Tyres Autocentre air conditioning service in Northampton can take care of this for you, and this can be booked online via their website.
If you’ve done all of the above you are nearly ready to go. Now there’s just the packing to do, and making sure that everything fits safely and securely in your car. Oh and don’t forget the sun cream!
Do you have any other car maintenance checks that you carry out before going on long car journeys.
This is a collaborative post with Calmac Tyres