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Checks to do on your car before a long journey…

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Before embarking on a long journey, it’s essential to ensure that your car is in good condition to avoid any problems on the road. Here are some checks you can do on your car before going on a long journey:

  1. Check the oil level: Ensure that the oil level is at the right level and top up if necessary. Low oil levels can cause serious engine damage.
  2. Check the tire pressure: Check the tire pressure, including the spare tire, and inflate them to the recommended level. This ensures good fuel economy, better handling, and reduces the chances of a blowout.
  3. Check the brakes: Check the brake pads and ensure that they have enough material left. Also, check the brake fluid level and top up if necessary. Brakes are crucial for your safety, and they should be in good working condition.
  4. Check the battery: Check the battery terminals for corrosion, and if necessary, clean them with a wire brush. Also, check the battery’s voltage level, and if it’s low, charge the battery or replace it.
  5. Check the lights: Check all the lights, including the headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals, and ensure that they are working correctly. Faulty lights can cause accidents and are also illegal.
  6. Check the coolant level: Check the coolant level in the radiator and top up if necessary. The coolant keeps the engine from overheating and should be checked before a long journey.
  7. Check the wipers and washer fluid: Check the windscreen wipers for wear and tear, and replace them if necessary. Also, check the washer fluid level, and if it’s low, top it up.
  8. Check the air filter: Check the air filter and replace it if it’s dirty. A dirty air filter can reduce fuel economy and performance.

By performing these checks before going on a long journey, you can ensure that your car is in good condition and reduce the chances of any problems on the road.

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