Experts warn of five essential checks before a long road trip

The Jubilee holiday is approaching and not far behind the summer holidays. And with these, there will be more and more people hitting the roads for trips.

But for many, our cars stood still for months, making little more than a trip to the shops or visiting local family or friends. And that means it might be time for a proper check-up, especially before heading out on a long trip.

The experts at GoShorty have put together a car maintenance checklist to remind and reassure anyone planning a long drive during what should be a busy time.

Why check your vehicle:

Tire check

You will need to check the pressure and tread depth when checking your tires; this must be done before leaving on a trip to avoid punctures and punctures.

You can check your tire pressure by walking around the car and seeing if any of your tires are lower than usual. You can also check the pressure by using a tire gauge and comparing your results to what the car owner’s manual states.

If the tire pressure is too low or too high, it can be dangerous. It’s best to check your tire pressure every few weeks or so. You should check the pressure more often during colder months.

Tire tread depth

If the tread depth of the tire is too low, it could cause the tire to have less grip. You can test this by inserting a 20p into the tire tread; your tires are under the limit if the part is having trouble entering. This should also be checked every few weeks.


As well as checking your brakes, you also need to make sure your brake lights are working; this can be done by having someone watch the brake lights on the back of your car. You should check your brakes weekly; you can do this by rolling forwards and backwards and pressing the brakes.

This will show you if they are working or not and will loosen them so they don’t bind. A qualified technician should inspect your brake pads. You’ll know they need to be replaced if you hear squeaking or creaking. If you feel any problems with your brake system, you should have it inspected as soon as possible.

Car battery

Checking your car battery should be seasonal. It is one of the essential components of your vehicle. Battery performance can be affected by temperature extremes, so it’s best to test it regularly to make sure it’s working efficiently. Sometimes you may need to top up the battery water and still check for leaks, corrosion or cracks.

motor oil

You should check your engine oil every time you stop at a gas station, especially before going on vacation or on a long road trip. You can find it under the hood of your car. If the engine oil level is low, it will negatively affect your engine. The filter may need to be changed every three months. Always make sure filters are clean and working properly. You can also find engine oil under the hood.

The complete car maintenance checklist

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