Three good tips to get your car ready before you hit the road for a vacation

Three good tips to get your car ready before you hit the road for a vacation


If, like most French people, you have decided to prefer a car for your summer vacation, then this is what you need to know in order to prepare for your departure.

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Are you one of the 70 percent of French people who are concerned about the condition of their car one month before leaving? Or 17% who claim to do anything before lighting a fire?

In both cases, if you plan to go on vacation with your car, summer inspections are essential. to avoid horrible failure.

  • Are your tires fully inflated?

Leaving comfortable shoes is a guarantee of safe driving because a flat tire can cause loss of grip on the road. According to a special journal Autoplusthis will also allow you to significantly reduce your fuel consumption.

Please note: tire pressure should be monitored during winter. The manufacturer’s indications are often found in the interior of the driver’s door, in the oil refill flap or in the vehicle’s user manual.

Good to know : Road Safety recommends that you increase 0.2 to 0.3 pounds at the recommended pressure if the vehicle is heavily loaded.

  • Are your wipe wipes worn out?

To cope with a good rainstorm calmly, brooms in good condition are essential. Tips: If the ball is hard, cracked or leaves marks on the windshield, then you may need to replace your wipers.

Good to know : If you decide to do it yourself, make sure you have a memory that matches the design and model of your car.

  • What is the water level?

While there, also make sure that your front glass liquid reservoir is full. You can also check oil and cooling levels. They are easily identifiable: in the first case, the measurement is in the form of a long qualified rod ending outside with a ring or wide plug and in the second, the expansion tank is in the form of a vessel type. which one can clearly see the liquid.

Good to know: If you notice that there is a lack of brake liquid, call a professional instead, as this may mean wearing brake pads or discs.

  • Is the air conditioner cooling properly?

If you have not changed the refrigerator for two years, and your climate blows warmer air than cold, then a short visit to your garage is ideal, hoping that you will find a place in this period of intense activity for the profession. .

Good to know : Before major departures, many car stations and garages offer ads on air-conditioned packages.

  • Is your light working properly?

If it is dirty, your lamps and headlights can reduce lighting efficiency by 30%! Check their cleanliness and condition of your position, beam or main beam lights, stop lights and indicators. Remember to carry a bulb box if you need to replace one of your lamps.

Good to know: Even if you can no longer change your bulbs on most cars, the presence of a box on the board is still a must before the law.

  • Travel light to use less

Pick up essentials, or at least what you need during your stay. You will have a few things to squeeze into your hair style and you will climb up with a little loading. This will help reduce your fuel consumption. Also know that The heavier your car is, the higher the brakes. It will therefore be necessary to increase the safety distance.

Good to know: Caution, the load should not exceed the total weight approved in the charge (PTAC) shown on the gray card (however, not more than 3.5 tons for B license holders). The loaded vehicle may not exceed 2.55 meters in width, and may not exceed 3 meters in the back of the vehicle (or its trailer). The fine can be up to € 1,500.

  • Road maintenance: heavier load down

If you can, pack up last night. Continue slowly and without frustration. As a great Tetris game, place large boxes first, under the trunk. Handbags, sports bags, towels and pillows can be attached between boxes. Keep the last most important one so that it can be easily accessed.

Good to know: Be careful to balance the weight well to avoid over-tire wear (in the back, for example, with the weight of the luggage).

  • And in the cabin, what can we put?

Simply put lightweight, low-volume items on the shelves of packages that do not reduce your appearance, such as a jacket. Road Safety recommends placing the load properly on the boots and on the passenger compartment.

Good to know: There are no heavy items in the cupboard. When applying a sudden brake, a simple object (such as a water bottle) can turn into a dangerous projectile and seriously injure passengers.

  • Consider the materials and documents required

In addition to the safety T-shirt (CE mark) and the original warning triangle which must be inside and within easy access, do not take the road without proper paperwork: gray card, license, maintenance book, certificate cover and up-to- – date of technical control (sticker on the windshield of vehicles over 4 years of age)

Because yes, losing your keys on the beach or forgetting them at the camp bar can happen to anyone. So remember to insert an extra key into your jacket.

Traffic jams, breakdowns or ongoing trips, you will no doubt be happy to have a small “package” with a water bottle, several biscuits, a phone charger, a blanket, or even a first aid kit.