Is your car ready for a summer getaway?

25th July 2013

This summer has got off to a great start weatherwise, with a prolonged spell of sunshine seeing Brits spending time out and about.

The trend looks set to continue as a study has found that 15.6 million Brits will spend their summer vacations somewhere in the UK, preferring to take in the best Britain has to offer, rather than heading abroad.

Brits will travel a grand total of 6.3 billion miles going to and from their destination of choice this summer, which will put a significant strain on their vehicles, making it imperative to carry out checks before setting off on a journey.

With such hot weather, air conditioning is set to be very important for holidaymakers travelling long distances.

Getting air-con systems recharged before a long, hot trip should be a priority as the systems naturally lose gas over time, reducing their efficacy, which could lead to a very uncomfortable start and end to a holiday.

Engine coolant levels should also be checked prior to a trip as air conditioning can be a burden on an engine which will already be under strain in the summer heat.

As well as checking this crucial element is working correctly and efficiently, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has also urged drivers to monitor a range of other issues relating to their vehicle before setting off on a long journey.

Spending a few minutes checking tyre pressures and tread depth was named as an important task, as well as looking for any damage to wheels, tyres and wiper blades.

The lights, indicators and hazard warning lights should also be checked and in good order before setting off.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "Although motorways are our safest roads, they still see too many crashes and breakdowns. The hard shoulder isn’t the place to spend a holiday. Making regular checks can also save you a lot of money in the long run – it's best to deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen, as they can get very expensive if left to build up over time."

Posted by Danielle Barge