Christmas is a time when families travel far and wide to meet up at Christmas, (particularly after last years’ Covid-19 restrictions)the presents are loaded in the car, everyone is feeling festive but is your car prepared to travel for the long journey.
Before you drive:-
- Make sure your tyre pressure is correct, if they are flat or over-inflated they can burn more fuel on the journey or wear out your tyres
- Check engine oil and top up if necessary
- Carry a spare plastic bag, essential for children to fill with rubbish, but also key if your children suffer from travel sickness
- Refill the window wiper fluid to avoid the dirty triangles on your window screen, window wipers should be changed after a year
- Take a spare tyre – better to be safe than sorry
- Fill up with enough fuel
- Radiators might have leaks or cracks, it’s worth testing the strength of the anti-freeze too
- Keep a few essentials in the car – fully charged mobile phone, de-icer, ice scraper, wellingtons, torch and a few snacks
- On your drive make a couple of stops to break up the journey, but keep the children entertained by having a few games up your sleeve
- Battery failure is one of the most common causes of breakdown, sluggish starting is a sure sign that your battery is getting old.
- So if you are driving home for Christmas, have a safe journey and give yourself plenty of time, especially when the roads are likely to be busier and people are rushing to get to their destination. I’ve just looked on the long range weather forecast, and hopefully we will be snow free before Christmas.
If you are travelling up to Bramhope or Adel for the festivities and you decide you would like to stay here call David Phillip Estate Agents to find you a perfect home t: 01134 676 400 wdavidphillip.co.uk. if you are thinking of selling your home in the New year, arrange a free market appraisal with David Phillip FRICS