So you're off on a road trip, a long journey. If you're anything like me, you've made countless lists of everything you need to take. You've made sure the changing bag is complete with spare clothes, nappies and snacks for the kids. You've double checked your make up bag has your favourite lipstick for those touch ups, and you've downloaded a pretty awesome playlist for the journey [sneaking in a little One Direction number, hoping nobody judges!] but have you remembered to give the car a once over?
This is something we often forget, only going as far as to check we have enough fuel [if we're being honest, we regularly forget that too and have to fill up on the way...often at the last minute, but we're past judging right?]
If you have the time or money, it may be a good idea to get the car checked over by a mechanic a couple of weeks before, but that's not always ideal, so I've put together this list of a few things you probably should be checking before a long journey.
*Lights. Check all your lights are working; brakes, headlights, tail lights, indicators, etc.
*Fluids. Check and top up any fluids that are low. This includes fuel, oil, power steering fluid, anti freeze, windscreen wash fluid, brake fluid, etc.
*Tyres. Check the tyre pressure and tread.If you are looking to buy new tyres make Point-Syour first port of call. They also perform simple tyre checks, repairs and replacements, if you're not comfortable checking them yourself.
*Brakes. Inspect the brake pads for wear and tear, this is super important!
*Charge. Check the battery is charged up. Apparently a little baking soda and water is perfect for cleaning the terminals. The last thing you want is to be miles away from home and the car won't start!
So, lights, fluids, tyres, charge, brakes. Pretty easy to remember. Right?
If not, let's create a little acronym. L, F, T, C, B.
How about, Little Fuzzy Teddy Bakes Cakes? Last Fun Trip Before College? Lord Foster Totally Came Back? No? Just me??