Living in London, Ryan and I didn’t have a car, but as soon as a move to Bristol was on the cards, that all changed and Carla the little Corsa came into our lives.
And thank god she did.
As the summer months roll in and the weather grows warm, my favourite thing to do after work is to convince my boyfriend to jump in the car and whisk me off (I can’t drive) to the nearest beach to unwind. Only thirty minutes from our flat, we spend long evenings eating chips while staring out to sea, and even when it’s raining, we sit inside the cosy car dissecting our days.
At the weekend, however, we tend to venture a little further afield. Having family in all four corners of the UK, we spend a lot of time traveling to Cornwall, Whitby, and York – not to mention ferrying between our two lives in Bristol and London on an almost weekly basis. Ignoring petrol prices and fighting over what radio station we should tune into, we aren’t so good at taking care of the car, and probably don’t pay enough attention to driving safely during the summer.
If you’re guilty of doing the same, here are some tips to make sure you are driving safely on your next road trip.
In the same way you wouldn’t run a marathon without a bottle of water to hand, your car can’t travel long distances without any H2o, so be sure to top up your radiator with water mixed with coolant. Although water is technically all that is required, a mixture of the two will prevent the water from boiling and causing the engine to overheat. When it comes to hydration, you mustn’t forget your humans, either. Both the driver and passengers of the vehicle should have a bottle of water to hand each in order to keep hydrated throughout the journey.
As mentioned, it’s important to make sure your car’s cooling system is in good working order during the warmer months. Older cars should be inspected regularly by a professional (especially if you’re heading off on a long journey) as the coolant can leak.
It’s important the driver avoids overheating too, so if you’re lucky enough to have air con installed in your vehicle, don’t be shy and turn it on. Alternatively, roll those windows down and enjoy the breeze.
Check Your Tyres
Car tyres are the legs of your vehicle and are one of the most important parts, so make sure you are keeping tabs on how they’re holding up. You can start by checking tread depths with a 20p piece, and if the outer band of the coin disappears from view, the tyre is safe. You should also check the pressure of your tyres by following the manufacturer’s guidelines to prolong their life and maximise fuel consumption.
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Throw Some Shade
Sounds obvious, but make sure to keep the sun out of your eyes while driving. Make sure you always have a pair of good sunglasses to hand and use your sun shield whenever you need to.
Whether you drive on a daily basis or are heading out on the open road this summer, make sure to take care of your car as much as you do yourself.
Happy Road Trippin’!