With a few sensible precautions, you can stay prepared for any eventuality.
Before any long journey, take a few minutes to check the tread and pressure of your tires (the required minimum tread depth is 1.6mm).
It’s also sensible to keep an emergency kit in your car just in case. These often contain things like a high-visibility vest, jump leads and basic first-aid supplies. Everyday items like water, a blanket, phone charger and paper towels are also useful.
Some countries ask you to carry certain items by law – like first-aid kits and warning triangles – so check before you set off.
If you use winter tires, it’s time to change back to summer ones when the temperature starts regularly going over 10c. You’ll find your vehicle will perform better on wet and dry roads with good summer tires.
It’s easy to forget, but keeping all your fluids topped up is vital. Check your oil regularly, make sure you have enough windscreen washer fluid and don’t forget your brake fluid or coolant.
Little known fact: your tires lose twice as much pressure in summer as they do in winter, so make sure you check your tire pressure regularly. Underinflated tires reduce your fuel economy.
Your battery works harder in the summer months, so if it’s a few years old consider having it tested by a professional.