A large number of British families will drive while abroad during their summer holiday, hoping to explore some unspoilt beaches or plan excursions with their families without the need for a coach full of other tourists and a guide.
Some choose to drive their own car by taking a ferry. Others will hire a car once reaching their destination. This raises issues that many motorists won’t consider until it’s too late.
A few simple checks on your vehicle can make all the difference.
Top Five Essential Vehicle Checks
• Oil & Fluids – check, top up and change oil and coolant if needed to ensure smooth running and prevent overheating. Power steering fluid and brake fluid are other particular areas to get checked.
• Tyres –Ensure correct pressure to cope with increased weight of luggage and passengers.
• Rubber components –check and see if items like wiper blades need replacing.
• Brakes – listen for excessive noises and have the discs and pads checked for wear.
• Air Conditioning – check for bad smells in the air conditioning ducts which can cause flu-like symptoms.
• Roads – the most basic difference in most countries is their motorists drive on the opposite side of the roads to the UK.
• Communication – it’s wise to ensure you have a good phrase book with you to ask directions or find a local garage in case of getting lost or your car breaking down
• Speed Limits – each country differs. Most display limits in kilometres per hour. Therefore signs showing “80” as the maximum speed will mean “50” in terms of miles per hour (80 kmh = 50 mph).
• Mobile phones – if used for directions and/or route planning please be aware of the costs of using abroad which can be significantly higher.
the RAC and the Foreign & Commonwealth office.