Driving home this summer

Pia Neave

Summer Driving Tips

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.

1. Fluids

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.

2. Tyres

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

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

For more information visit the RAC.

Pia Neave

Pia works in the Digital team at Endsleigh, managing our social channels and online content. She loves baking, travelling and running. 

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