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5 car safety tips you should know for a road trip

An Irish road trip sounds like a wonderful idea right about now. With all the things going on in the world, it would be great to be able to take off into the countryside for a relaxing road trip.

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But before you go, check out these five safety tips you need to consider before embarking on your road trip

to ensure that it’s a relaxing experience.

1. Check your Fluid Levels and Service your Vehicle

We understand that not everyone is mechanically inclined, so we formulated a convenient online service booking for your SEAT vehicle before your road trip.

Also, it’s essential to make sure your car has the correct fluid levels to keep it running at optimum levels. Water levels keep the car from overheating, brake fluid levels keep the braking sharp (more on this a bit later), and correct power steering fluid levels ensure you’ll have a safe road trip.




2. Don’t Forget the Tyres

When thinking of car safety, the tyres are often the most overlooked things to check before a road trip. If your car’s tyres are run down, that could mean that braking, steering, fuel consumption, and overall performance will all be affected.

If your tyres are shoddy or worn down, you should consider replacing them if you want a safe road trip, no matter the cost.




3. Know your Route

Our modern GPS age has made us lazy road trip specialists. GPS systems will get you where you want to be, but if you don’t use program waypoints along the route, you’d have no idea what’s going on around you.

It’s important to know the location of service stations, garages, and towns surrounding your car trips so that you’re never too far away from help, just in case. Familiarise yourself with these so that you can keep calm in the event of an emergency.

 

4. Check those Brakes

Most drivers check their brakes only when they hear the crunching steel-on-steel grinding noise, and even then, many people still drive on them before getting them checked! Doing regular visual inspections of the braking components should be a key part of your car checks before a long journey.

In fact, it might be a good idea to make an online car service booking and have a trained professional look at your brakes to ensure they’re safe and working properly.

Braking systems can cost a lot of money to fix, so if your car is younger than eight years old, you may want to consider getting a service plan.

 

5. Make Sure you Have Proper Safety Equipment

There are lots of different items you should have in your vehicle. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to make sure you’re prepared:

  • When was the last time you checked if your car’s jack was working?
  • Do you have a high-visibility jacket or warning triangle?
  • Does your car have basic tools?
  • Will you be able to see in the dark without a torch?
  • Do you have a small container for emergency fuel?
  • Do you have a set of battery jumper cables?

It’s important to see if your car has these basic items, and these should form part of any road trip checklist.

 

Conclusion

There are many other things to consider before commencing your well-deserved road trip. We’ve covered some basics, and we’re sure you can add a lot more to your road trip checklist.

It’s important to ensure your car has been serviced, has its fluid levels checked, has its tyres examined or replaced if required, has any braking inspections done, and has all its safety equipment packed to get your car ready for road trip bliss.

Now you can go enjoy your safe road trip.

Bon voyage!

 

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