Christmas is a time for family and friends. Whether they live near or far, we want to see them and spend some together at this festive time of year, don’t we? I am lucky that my mum and sisters all live within a 10-minute walk of my house. The same goes for Olivia’s nan, her dad’s mum. But at this time of year, with the cold and copious presents to gift, having a car makes things so much easier. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be driving again this Christmas. But this has got me thinking of Car Safety this Christmas and how to make sure my car is ready for the colder weather, and I am prepared to be out and about in it.
I know that I will be running several errands this Christmas. Olivia’s dad and I share her over the holidays so she will need dropping off from one house to another. Also, I’m pretty sure she will end up with more gifts than we could manage if walking so making sure the car is up to the job over Christmas is a priority for us now. The same goes for taking presents round to my family for all the kids, young and old.
So as the car will be loaded up with the extra shopping, gifts and overnight bags it will need to transport, there are a few things that it is essential I check out before we head into the big day and all its festivities. Whilst I may be making smaller, shorter journeys this year, a lot of people have to travel longer to be able to see their loved ones and spend some quality time with them. So making sure you are on top of your car safety this Christmas is paramount to be able to enjoy this time without having to worry about the car as you make your journey.
Basic Checks for Car Safety This Christmas.
As a minimum, you should make sure to have topped up your water, add antifreeze if necessary and checked on oil levels. This will help your journey run that little bit more smoothly and gives you one less thing to worry about. You can do this at home or at any major petrol station as you fill your tank before setting off.
This is really important at any time of the year, but with the extra load increase due to shopping, presents, offering lifts, cars are fuller than any other time of the year thus making tyre safety all the more important.
Use the 20p trick to check your tyre tread before you leave. And possibly look into getting winter tyres for your car to be extra prepared for any weather on your journey. Point S has tyres in Hertfordshire available on its website.
Check for slow punctures by making sure your tyres are fully inflated. Check your manufacturer’s handbook for the correct pressure for your load. As well as being safer when travelling, having your tyres at the correct pressure can decrease fuel consumption. So, it’s more economical to check this regularly. It goes without saying checking your spare is up to the job should it be required is a must do too! You never know when you’re going to need it.
Car Winter Check.
If you have a particularly long journey ahead of you. It may be worth your while booking in for a winter car health check ahead of your trip. This can help identify any problems that may arise giving you time to rectify them before you set off. The last thing you want is to be stranded on Christmas Eve on a motorway waiting for the breakdown services to come to your rescue. No one wants that. So book into a reputable garage to give your car a thorough check in plenty of time.
With all of my cars, I have breakdown cover, always! Even if you don’t up needing to use it, it’s an extra piece of mind should the unexpected happen on your journey. You can never be too careful when it comes to car safety especially at Christmas!
These tips can be used at any time of the year, I always carry out checks before long journeys as I have little to no knowledge of car engines, parts or the intricate workings of motor vehicles, so in my eyes; it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are travelling this Christmas, I wish you a safe journey and happy holidays!