Planning A Long Journey This Christmas?

Have you got all you need in your car for a long journey this Christmas?

Planning A Long Journey This Christmas?

Here is a handy long journey planning checklist for Ellesmere Port motorists:

Tyre Condition

Check all your tyres – even the spare – paying particular attention to cracks, bulges, or any foreign objects embedded in them. If the tread depth is below the legal minimum (that is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre), you could get a fine and 3 penalty points for every tyre. You can check with a 20p coin – put it in the central grooves. If the outer edge is visible, you need a new tyre. Experts recommend changing tyres when the tread depth gets down to 3mm.

Tyre Pressure

Under-inflated tyres can cause tyre blowouts, and therefore high-speed accidents. Wrongly-inflated tyres affect your vehicle’s handling, braking and fuel consumption. The handbook will list the appropriate pressures, and you can test with a handheld pressure gauge.

Wheel Alignment and Balancing

If your steering wheel is wobbling at high speed, your wheels may be out of balance. If your car veers to the side on straight roads then the wheel alignment could be out. Car Clinic MOT Centre can check and repair these faults.


Oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine. To check its level, locate the dipstick, and pull it out to check if the oil level is between the markers. If you cannot tell, wipe it clean, then reinsert and repeat.

Windscreen Wipers

Wipers become less effective over time. Check for wear and tear, and replace if necessary. Top up your screenwash on a regular basis.


It is essential that your lights all work. Check brake lights, reversing lights, indicators, and low and high beam headlights. It is easier for two people to do this, so ask someone to watch while you engage the brakes, put the car in reverse and test the indicators.

Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port

Call Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port your local independent Ellesmere Port car garage for Ellesmere Port MOTEllesmere Port brakes, car repairs, Ellesmere Port car servicing, Ellesmere Port batteries or Ellesmere Port tyres.