Driving home this summer

It’s finally summer – undoubtedly you’re already planning out the next three months, which will be filled with sun, sea and copious amounts of cocktails (non-alcoholic, of course…). Whether you’re finishing up your first year, or your entire university career, it’s time to take a well-earned rest. After all, Netflix isn’t going to watch itself!

But before you can fully unwind, you have to make it home safe and sound. The RAC have helped us put together five tips to keep you safe when driving home this summer.

1. Fluids

It’s important to make sure you’ve topped up the coolant and engine oil. This will help prevent overheating, which is a common cause of breakdown in the summer. Switching off the engine while in a traffic jam (if it’s safe to do so) will also help prevent overheating.

2. Tyres

As you should at any time of year, make sure your tyres are pumped to the right pressure before you leave, including the spare if you have one.

3. Keys

The RAC get a lot of callouts for keys being locked in cars during the summer. Make sure you take the spare set with you when you head off on your holiday.

4. Keep cool

Have the cooling system checked – a leaking cooling system or inoperative cooling fan could cause the vehicle to overheat and cause damage to the engine.

5. The essentials

The RAC also suggests you carry these essentials in your car:

  • A first aid kit
  • A warning triangle
  • A high visibility vest/jacket
  • A fire extinguisher
  • An empty fuel can
  • Additional engine oil and water (for topping up)
  • A light bulb kit
  • An up-to-date road map or sat nav system
  • In-car mobile phone charger

This post was contributed by RAC. The RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists and are committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.

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