Checklist before going on holidays

Checklist before going on holidays

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You’re finally on holidays; your suitcases are ready, just a few hours of driving ahead before relaxing. But have you thought about what your car is going to endure? You use it daily for short trips to the office or the supermarket, but not very often to drive hundreds of kilometers. Here are a few tips to take care of your car before a long journey.

Check the cooling system

you’re stuck in traffic jams: your engine strains. If you don’t want to damage it, you must check the cooling system. Have a look at the level of coolant and don’t forget that it has to be periodically replaced. We also recommend you to check that the fan is working.

Oil level

Park your car on a flat ground and wait a little after turning off the engine. Remove the dipstick from the engine and wipe it with a clean rag. Re-insert the dipstick all the way into the tube before removing it again. The level must be between the marks. Do not overfill, you could damage the engine.

Brake system

Check your brake pads, discs and fluid level. A loaded car is heavier so your brakes must be in top condition for you to drive safely. If you don’t know how to check those points, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with your favorite ROC.

Check the tyre pressure

In the owner’s manual, check the recommended pressure for your tyres. Inflate them to the motorway/loaded car pressure. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre if you have one. You should also check if the mechanism to remove the spare tyre is not too rusted so that you can access it easily if needed.

Battery

Have a look at your battery. There shouldn’t be any acid leak or crack; otherwise it has to be replaced. The battery terminals must be tight and not corroded.

Air filter

If you’re due to change your air filter soon, change it before going on a long trip. Dirt can cause lack of power.