Have you got everything you need for a long journey?

Have you got everything you need for a long journey in your car? Here are some checks you should make before you set off:

Long Journey Planning Checklist

Tyre Condition

Check the condition of your tyres, paying attention to cracks, bulges, or foreign objects that are embedded in them. If the tread depth on your tyres isn’t over the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre around the circumference, you could be fined £2,500 and get three penalty points per tyre. You can check if your tyres meet the standard using a 20p coin –  Simply stand it in the tread groove. If the outer edge is visible, you need a new tyre. Many experts recommend changing tyres when tread depth reaches 3mm. For a free Tyres Ellesmere Port check before a long journey contact us today.

Tyre pressure

Under-inflated tyres can cause tyre blowouts, and when these accidents happen at high speeds, they can be extremely dangerous. Under of over-inflated tyres can affect handling, braking and fuel consumption. Your car handbook will list the recommended pressures for your tyres, and you can test them with a pressure gauge or at a petrol station.

Wheel Alignment and Balancing

If your steering wheel wobbles at high speeds, your wheels may not be balanced properly. If your car veers to one side when driving on straight, flat roads your wheel alignment may be out. You should get these problems fixed by a technician.


Oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine – running out could lead to a big repair. To check oil levels, locate the dipstick, and pull it upwards to see if the level is between the markers. If you can’t see clearly, wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth, reinsert it and try again. 

Windscreen wipers

Wipers get damaged over time and become less effective at clearing the windscreen. Check the blades for wear and tear, and replace when necessary. Top up your screenwash reservoir regularly. A premixed screenwash is best.


It’s essential to ensure your lights are working. Check brake lights, reversing lights, indicators, headlights and interior lights. It is quicker and easier with two people, so get someone to watch while you apply the brakes, engage reverse gear and test the indicators. Indicators blink at double speed when a bulb has blown, so watch out for that sign. If you think you need Ellesmere Port replacement bulbs then contact us today.

Call Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port now for a free no obligation Ellesmere Port car repairs quote and book a winter Ellesmere Port car servicing appointment for your vehicle at the same time.