Monday, 18 September 2017

My top 5 safety checks to prepare your car for a long journey // #CarSafetyChecklist

Summer might very almost be over (I'm already in full on autumn mode, I can't lie!) but that doesn't mean all the fun of exploring the UK needs to be over until next year. There is still plenty of time left to squeeze in a few trips, whether they are far away or on your doorstep! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country and I will never tire of visiting new places and exploring all there is to offer. We certainly have lots to look forwards to over the coming months too and have plenty of car trips planned including the one that will take us to the airport for our upcoming Florida holiday! My husband and I are quite pedantic when it comes to getting the car ready for long journeys and with this in mind, today I thought that I would share with you my top 5 safety checks to prepare your car for a long journey.


First and foremost, are you ready to drive? Before a long journey make sure you have had a good nights sleep and allow time for plenty of breaks along the way for rest, food and to stretch those legs! Also, make sure you have a pack of essentials for the duration of your journey; this could include snacks, drinks, a first aid kit, a blanket, torch, and a fully charged phone. Think about every eventuality as these could become vital, especially if you get stranded somewhere at night! 


Your car tyres are the only part of the car that have contact with the actual road so making sure that they are fit for purpose, checking the tyre pressure, tread wear and overall condition is absolutely essential. Make a habit of checking your tyres over frequently and if you have one, don't forget to check your spare tyre too because you never know when you might need it! If anything needs repairing or replacing then do it in advance of your journey. offer a wide range of tyres to suit your driving needs and they also have a handy guide with plenty of information if you're like me and things like tyres deeply confuse you! 


Making sure that all of your lights are in full working order is essential for safe car travel, especially now that the days are getting shorter. It's something you probably don't give much thought to looking at over the summer months but there's nothing like a bulb giving up on you when you're driving in the dark! Spend some time checking over all of your lights, including brake lights and signals. Also, make sure you know where local garages are located if you need to replace bulbs. 

Clean your car and check the engine levels

Check your engine levels and top them up if needed to prevent any overheating or engine failure on your journey. Also, treat yourself to a good car wash before you depart on a long journey. This will ensure that you have perfect visibility through your windows and that your lights are clean! 

Windscreen wipers

Check your windscreen wipers for wear and tear and replace them if needed. If they become damaged then not being able to see out of your windscreen properly could have a huge impact on the safety of your journey. Inspect your wipers by lifting the arm away from the windscreen and also test that they are working fully by washing the windscreen. If they need replacing then this is something that you can do yourself or a garage will do it for a small fee.

What are your top tips for preparing your car for a long journey? I'd love to hear them so please let me know in a comment below! 

* This is a collaborative post but as always, all words are my own

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