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    Safety checks to make on a car before a long road trip

    If, for whatever reason, you need to undertake long road trips reasonably often, it’s vitally important that you plan ahead and ensure your car is in good working order before you set off. This will help reduce the risk of breakdowns and road traffic accidents.

    Safety checks to make on a car before your road trip

    If you’re off on a road trip, here are some suggestions for safety checks to make on a car ahead of a long journey:

    • check your oil levels and screen wash
    • check the tyre pressure and tread (this includes your spare tyre)
    • fill up your tank
    • plan your route and work out where there are garages and service stations to take breaks and fill up
    • check your first aid kit and replace anything that may have expired or been used
    • check the coolant level
    • check your lights to make sure all the bulbs are working properly; this is a particularly important safety check to make on a car in winter when it gets dark early and visibility on the roads can be poor due to the weather

    Staying safe on your road trip

    Every driver faces a risk of road accidents; however, there are some simple driving measures you can take to reduce your risk of being injured in a car crash, including:

    • taking regular breaks
    • setting off early to avoid peak traffic when accidents on the road are most common
    • getting a good night’s sleep before your road trip
    • driving within the speed limit
    • giving other vehicles around you time and space
    • taking extra care in poor weather conditions
    • always checking your mirrors and blind spot before moving off, stopping, changing lane, turning or overtaking
    • taking extra warm clothing, food and drinks with you in the car

    If you’ve been injured on the roads

    If you’ve been involved in a collision on the roads, notify the police when necessary and seek assistance for your injuries. If the accident wasn’t your fault and you wish to claim road accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline for advice about making a no win, no fee* car crash claim. Our team of personal injury lawyers does all the hard work, so you don’t need to put up with any extra stress or hassle. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more information.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

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    Author: David Brown


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