Holidays are vital for our well-being. We stoically endure the British Winter, we soldier on through rain and snow; is it any wonder we need a break? We can fly or float to foreign destinations or we can stay at home and enjoy what the UK has to offer, because when our weather is nice, it really is nice and few other countries can match our countryside on a sunny day. Maybe now is the time to start searching for the right car for a Summer family road trip.
So why not have a UK stay and simply enjoy driving the highways and byways of Britain? With more people choosing to stay at home for the holidays the quintessential family road trip remains a top choice for this warm season. It’s a way to relax and reconnect with one another.
Like Boy Scouts we know full well that the first part of the planning is to be prepared because there are a number of factors to consider before taking off into the wild blue yonder. Summer is supposed to be the most carefree time of the year, but often times that is not really true on the roads. During the ‘hot’ months (and we use this term sparingly in this country), we see more people on the roads, many driving longer distances. In short, increased traffic means increased risk.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
Have the car checked over. Change the oil and check fluids; maybe even rotate the tyres, a job we often neglect in this country. A proper garage-based multi-point inspection before the trip will bring peace of mind although buying a car right now from eCars247 will mean the car has already received a comprehensive check via a full AA inspection.
Mentioning tyres above, it is worth getting them checked too. Although not out of sight those rubber hoops can be overlooked, yet plenty of tread and correct pressures remain vitally important as much in the Summer as in the Winter. Worn tyres put you and other drivers at risk, especially during a summer road trip. Very dry, dusty roads that suddenly get soaked by a typically British downpour can be lethal.
A car’s cooling system should be in tip-top shape before any long trip. The cooling system contains vital components like the radiator, thermostat, and water pump, with a variety of hoses and valves and connections. Modern engines typically run very hot and the coolant has to work hard to maintain cool running, especially when the air-con is working overtime.
Unlike most of the year, on a holiday road trip the car could be on the go for three to four hours at a time (remembering to take a break, obviously) and that can put strain on the AC system. A telltale sign of a failing air conditioner is that it simply won’t blow cold air. Climate control runs on a pressurised system. They are sealed units that must remain so. As the miles add up, the rubber O-rings on the high pressure lines can deteriorate and this can cause a leak whereby moisture enters the lines and creates an acidic environment when it mixes with the refrigerant. Result: A lot of hot air and like most mechanical things in life, they have a habit of breaking down just when you need them most.
The windscreen is literally the driver’s window on the world. Over time, dust, insect strikes and road detritus build up on the screen and vision is affected. The wipers do more than wipe away the rain; make sure the wiper fluid bottle is always topped up, preferably with an appropriate dilute cleaning fluid. Not washing-up liquid!
Just because the sun is out there is no room for complacency. Make sure the family motor is road trip ready and suitable for the job. If the family has grown since the last time how about part-exchanging the old car for a quality family-sized replacement? As luck would have it we have a great selection to choose from, all checked and ready to roll out for the holidays.
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