Driving during the warm summer months presents its own challenges, which can sometimes cause trouble on the trip. Here is a little summer travelling advice for travellers to keep in mind.
Check the vehicle's tyres and fluid levels
Drivers who use winter tyres on their vehicles should change them for all-season tyres to avoid rapid wear and make them last for another winter. Monitoring the vehicle's tyre pressure is also important, since low inflation can reduce fuel economy and contribute to blow out related accidents. Tyre pressure instructions can usually be found on one of the vehicle's front doors or in the owner's manual. In warm weather, most engine oil tends to thin out, which may prevent it from properly lubricating the engine. To avoid any problems the oil should be checked and if necessary changed before setting off on a long hot journey. Other items that should be checked include brake fluid levels and windscreen washer fluid.
Inspect your vehicle
Along with the fluids and tyres, the rest of the vehicle should also be checked over. Take the car to an experienced mechanic, who can inspect the belts and hoses, before the trip. The windscreen wiper blades should also be checked, since they may have become worn over the winter. On hot days, some car batteries fail, especially if they are older, so it may be wise to replace it before going on holiday.
Bring essential travel items
An emergency travel kit should be located in the boot at all times, but especially when taking a holiday. The kit should include a flashlight, jumper cables, basic tools and flares, along with non-perishable food and water. It is also sensible to include a cooler with light snacks and liquids for the trip. Coolers can always be replenished with additional items along the way.
Overloading the vehicle can cause issues with tyre pressure, fuel economy and safety. If items are piled too high inside the car, they can block the driver's vision, so it is important to pack only the necessary items and do so as efficiently as possible.
Watch out for tired driving
Driving while fatigued is a major cause of accidents on motorways. To avoid fatigue, drivers should use caution and be prepared to stop and take short naps.
Be careful when towing
Vehicles that are towing boats, caravans or trailers should be driven more slowly than they would under normal circumstances. Sudden lane changes, sharp braking and rapid deceleration that may put pressure on the engine, should also be avoided.