"With all the long journeys visiting families and friends, the last thing that drivers want is a broken down vehicle over the Christmas period."
(PRWEB UK) 20 December 2012
With only a matter of weeks to go until Christmas many motorists will be thinking about making long journeys to visit family and friends over the festive period.
Car Loan 4U Co-Director Ryan Dignan comments:
“Last year the AA predicted that 18m cars took to the roads over the Christmas holiday period and this year we are likely to see similar numbers hitting the UK’s roads.
“With all the long journeys visiting families and friends, the last thing that drivers want is a broken down vehicle over the Christmas period. With this in mind we’ve compiled a few simple tips all motorists should follow.
“For those looking to perhaps upgrade their vehicles so that can rest easy knowing that their vehicle will be able to make a long journey this winter, affordable car finance is available.”
- Before going on a long journey check your tyres. The last thing you want is for your tyre to burst on the motorway. To ensure your safety and the safety of others around you, check that your tyres do not have any tears in and meet the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
- Don’t forget to check the tyre pressure and put air in the tyres as the incorrect amount could wear down tyres unevenly making them more likely to cause a sliding accident.
- Whilst it’s recommended to check the oil every two weeks, it’s always worth having another look before a long journey. If your vehicle is consuming too much oil, it might suggest there are problems with your engine.
- Also check the water and coolant levels before you leave and top up levels. Also, don’t forget anti-freeze as the weather gets colder- but only do this when the engine is cold.
- Ensure you take with you in your car with you when you set out warm clothing; a thick coat and jumper are ideal. It may also be worth keeping some wellies in the boot of your car. Blankets are a great addition too, just in case you get stuck in your vehicle for any length of time.
- Take plenty of food and water with you before setting off too, so you are well prepared for any delays that you may encounter on your journey.
- Remember to stop often and take a break from driving. Have a coffee and rest for 20 minutes or so before continuing your journey.
For more information about car finance and applying for a car loan, head to Car Loan 4U.co.uk.