If you have a long car journey coming up, there can be a lot to think about. For example, aside from choosing your route, you’ll need to ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip ahead. So, to make sure that you get from A to B with ease, here are three checks you should carry out before you climb into the driver’s seat.
1. Check your MOT expiration date
Did you know you could be fined up to £1,000 if you drive without a valid MOT? That’s a lot of money, so to avoid being caught out, it’s important that you check the expiration date of your MOT before you set off on a long journey. If you’re not sure when your car had its last test, you should refer to your most recent MOT test certificate. You can also use the government’s online service which can tell you if your car has a registered MOT. Did you also know that you can sign up for a free service that will send you an email or text message reminder that your MOT is due?
The good news is, arranging an MOT is quick and easy. For instance, you could book an appointment with car maintenance experts Kwik Fit. If your car is three or more years old, you’ll need to have an MOT every 12 months.
2. Inspect your tyres
Especially before a long journey, it’s essential that you check the condition of your tyres. All four of your tyres should be safe and roadworthy, so it’s important that you inspect each one ahead of your road trip.
Firstly, you should check the tread depth of your tyres, ensuring that they meet the minimum legal measurement of 1.6mm. If one or more has a tread depth below this, you should replace them as soon as possible.
You should also check the pressure of each tyre, as well as inspecting them for any signs of damage, such as cuts, cracks and bulges.
3. Test your lights
Even if you plan on travelling during the day, it’s important that you make sure all of your lights are working properly. If not, you run the risk of being pulled over by the police, and you could be putting yourself, your passengers and other road users in danger too. So before you set off, it’s crucial to ensure that yours are in tiptop condition.
Aside from checking your headlights, you should also ensure that your brake, reverse and cabin lights work, as well as your indicators. To do this, you might find it useful to enlist the help of another person.
For more car maintenance advice, why not check out the ‘Know before you go’ eBook from Kwik Fit?