By Denna Bowman
With the Met office predicting a hot and dry summer, the AA has released its top 10 tips for safer summer motoring, including checking tyres.
The roads are expected to be busier as research suggests that one in five people who holidayed abroad in 2008 will remain in the UK this year.
Checking tyres for signs of damage and making sure they are correctly inflated with plenty of tread, is just one of the top 10 tips the AA wants motorists to heed before they set off for a long car journey.
Simon Tennyson, managing director of AA Warranty, said: “The news that thousands more people will be holidaying in the UK is great for the economy, but it will add to congestion on our roads, with even more people expected to break down as a result.
‘With this in mind, the AA has compiled a list of 10 top tips to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to face the summer weather.’
Other tips include:
Check your battery to ensure that the connections are clean and tight, and free from corrosion. Battery problems are the number one cause of breakdowns.
Ensure oil, coolant, windscreen wash and brake fluid levels are correct.
Check your cooling fan to ensure it’s running properly before a long journey. Set the heater to cold, run the car to normal temperature and then allow the engine to idle for five to 10 minutes – you should hear the fan cut in automatically as the engine heats up.
If tyres or batteries need replacing, etyres – the UKs leading online tyres retailer – operates a mobile fitting service which means customers don’t have to waste time driving to high street depots and waiting for the work to be carried out.
And because etyres overheads are so low, it can pass the savings on to customers in the form of lower prices – up to 40% cheaper and leading high street tyre depots.