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Summer motoring tips - prevent a breakdown in the warmer months

After suffering a flat battery this weekend, I witnessed first-hand how busy the breakdown companies are during the summer.  

During periods of hot weather, the RAC says it often experiences a 20% increase in call outs and up to 30% in coastal areas.

In a bid to prevent some of the additional call outs, the motoring group has produced a set of guidelines to help motorists during the warmer months.

Check yourself:
All wiper blades for wear or splitting
Windscreen washer fluid level and washer jet adjustment
Oil and coolant levels following the instructions in the owner’s handbook
The electric cooling fan – run the engine until it’s up to temperature and listen for the fan switching on
All exterior and interior lights
Tyre condition (inc. the spare) for correct pressures and legal tread depth – the current minimum legal tread depth for cars is 1.6mm
Jack and wheel brace – make sure they’re in good working order

Garage check:
Cooling system – a leaking cooling system or inoperative cooling fan could cause extensive damage to the engine
Auxiliary belt/fan belt

Other considerations:
 It may be useful to practise changing the spare wheel, following instructions in your owner's handbook
Make sure you have a spare set of keys for your vehicle in a safe placeIf you plan to take a caravan, check the tyre condition and the braking system
Never overload your vehicle or caravan beyond the designed carrying capacity

Prepare yourself properly if travelling long distances in the summer:
Plan your journey to avoid getting lost or getting stuck in traffic jams
Take plenty of water and refreshments, and take regular breaks – research service stations along your journey before setting off
Take sun cream in case you break down
If you have children, take some games you can play in the car
Rest sufficiently before travelling – driving straight after a full working day is not advised

We recommend that you carry these essentials in your car:
A first aid kit
A high quality torch, preferably with long life and spare batteries
A warning triangle
A high visibility vest/jacket
A fire extinguisher
A spare fuel can
A light bulb kit
Additional engine oil, water and windscreen wash (for topping up)An up-to-date road map or sat navigation system

Source: RAC

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Posted on 25th June 2018 at 11:30 AM

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