As thousands of families prepare for the traditional Easter holiday getaway, one of the busiest times of the year on the roads, it’s important to make sure your car is fit for any journeys ahead. Failure to do so could leave you stranded by the roadside, enduring hours of misery waiting for breakdown assistance rather than enjoying the fun of a family trip or day out.
Under the bonnet, make sure your car’s fluid levels are properly topped up. Oil, coolant and windscreen washer levels should be checked in line with your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
With the prospect of April showers descending at any time, it’s important that you can see and be seen, so check that your wiper blades are in a good condition and that all of your lights are working properly.
And if the rain does do its best to spoil your Easter break, it’s important that your tyres have enough tread to keep you safe on the road. You can use a calibrated tread depth gauge to make sure they’re well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm or you can take the TyreSafe 20p test, which is a quick and easy way to measure your tread depth.
If your tyre tread depth is getting low, (less than 3mm) then it’s a good idea to consider popping down to your local tyre fitting centre and changing otherwise your car won’t be able to stop or corner to the best of its ability. Of course, if you do find you need to change your tyres before the Easter break, and then make sure you have your wheel alignment checked at the same time. If you don’t, your new tyres could wear out much quicker, your safety will be compromised and your fuel bill will increase.