You’ve submitted your final assignment, finished those exams, packed up your student room and are heading home for a few months over the summer holidays. It’s time to de-stress and unwind.
Before you set off, have you thought about your journey? Even if you’re just popping out to the shops or making a three hour journey home, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for driving in summer weather conditions. The RAC have helped us put together five tips to keep you safe when driving home this summer.
It’s important to make sure you’ve topped up the coolant and engine oil, as that will help prevent overheating, which is a common cause of breakdown in the summer. Switching off the engine, if it’s safe to do so, while in a traffic jam will also help prevent overheating.
As 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. For more information about looking after your tyres, go to: http://www.rac.co.uk/my-rac/car-tips/wheel-tyres/tyres
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.
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.
The RAC also suggests you carry these essentials in your car:
For more information visit the RAC.
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