If you’re heading off on a family holiday, are planning a road trip with friends. or you’re gearing up for a long drive down to the coast with your partner for a romantic break, it’s always a good idea to carry out some basic safety and maintenance pre-journey checks on the car before, during and after you travel to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents and ensure a smooth, stress-free journey.
If you’re channelling Thelma and Louise this summer, here are some basic steps to follow.
Before you hit the roads, take time to carry out some checks on your car to make sure you are ready for the drive ahead. Check your tyre pressure and pump up the tyres if they are too low; it’s also important to check the tyre tread, this also includes your spare tyre. Top up your water, screen wash and engine oil and make sure your tax and MOT are up to date. Plan your route and fill up with petrol or diesel. It’s important to carry out these basic maintenance checks to reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident and suffering car crash injuries. Driving with deflated tyres, low levels of engine oil and running low on petrol can all affect the performance of the car, as well as putting your safety at risk.
During your trip
During your trip, it’s a good idea to have regular breaks to stretch your legs and give your car a rest. If you’ve been stuck in traffic or it is very hot outside and there is a danger of overheating, pull over at the nearest services or in a safe place and turn the engine off for a period of time.
After the journey
After a long journey, take time to look over the car again and make sure you repeat the same checks before you head off on your next road trip home.
Can I make a claim for a car accident?
If you’ve been involved in an accident on the roads and you believe that your injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence, you could have a claim for road traffic accident compensation. If you have proof to support your car crash claim, call the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice about claiming no-win no-fee* road accident compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice