How To Prepare For a Summer Road Trip

UK road trips are a fantastic option for a holiday this year, allowing you to explore large parts of the UK and see multiple destinations on the same trip.

As with any holiday, it’s a good idea to do a fair amount of planning beforehand to ensure that the trip is a success. That’s why we’ve put together some of our top tips for how best to prepare for you summer road trip.

Plan Your Route

It goes without saying that the most important part of a road trip is route planning. You may know your starting point and final destination but do you know what stops you’ll take along the way, or what route you’ll take between each location?

Make sure you take some time to plan how you’re going to get
from A to B, researching any particular sites you’d like to visit on the way,
and where

How to Clean Your Car Windscreen

Windscreens play an important role in our cars – enabling you to see where you’re going and keeping you protected from hazards on the road. Cleaning a car windscreen is therefore an essential task for all drivers throughout the year. 

Our
guide below takes you through how to clean inside windscreens and outside. Take
a look out our range of external
and internal cleaning products to prepare yourself for tackling the
toughest windscreen grime. 

Begin With A Wash 

Start
by giving your windscreen a wash with soapy water, cleaning with a soft cloth
or squeegee as you go; this will begin to remove the top layer
of dirt from your windscreen. Ensure the wipers are lifted up and pointed away
from the glass as you clean. Wipe in small, circular movements to avoid
brushing dirt away from you. 

Once
the dirty water has been washed away, gently apply rubbing alcohol

How To Jumpstart A Car

Occasionally, there may be times when your car won’t start, and it may be because the battery has gone flat. On average, car batteries last for around three to four years, and while you may think you need a new one, it could be that the battery simply needs a jump start. 

Our step-by-step guide takes you through how to safely jumpstart your car battery, so you can get your car moving again. If your car battery does ever need a jumpstart, we have a wide range of jump leads available to order, helping to give your vehicle the extra lease of life it needs to get going again.

Safety Checks

Before jump starting your car battery, you need to conduct several safety checks to avoid an accident: 

  • Make sure your car battery isn’t leaking or damaged. If it is, call a professional mechanic 
  • Your clothing, especially anything metal, is

Car Warning Lights Meanings & Symbols

If your car ever encounters an issue, chances are one of your dashboard lights will turn on. To drive safely, it is important to know what these lights mean and how to resolve any problems as quickly as possible. 

With that in mind, we’ve put together an A to Z guide of what each of your car warning lights mean, so you can easily identify the problem that needs fixing. Our extensive range of parts will have what you need. So, you can fix the issue and drive safely once more. 

ABS / Anti-Lock Braking System

This warning light indicates an issue with the anti-lock braking system. The lights will come up in red and appear as the three letters ‘ABS’ with a circle around them. 

The ABS prevents the wheels from locking under severe braking. If you see this symbol on your dashboard, get yourself to garage. 

Airbag

If

What is Checked on an MOT Test?

It is a legal requirement that all vehicles over three years old must take an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. Its purpose is to determine whether your vehicle is roadworthy, as well as ensuring they comply with environmental requirements. 

Below we explain exactly what’s get checked during an MOT and how your car can benefit too. To get your car ready for its MOT, take a look at our wide range of car accessories, which we are sure will lead your car to pass its MOT. 

Vehicle body and speedometer 

During your MOT test, your car will be inspected for any corrosion to the body, seats, doors, engine mountings, and the chassis. Plus, anything that could cause injury, like sharp edges, is also checked. 

The mechanic also examines the speedometer by checking it illuminates correctly, and that the speed can be read clearly while you’re driving. This ensures that