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Get your car ready for the great summer getaway

The summer holidays are here and many of us will soon be packing the car and hitting the road for a well-earned break either in the UK or overseas. Before setting off, we’d recommend performing a few simple but essential checks that could help make sure you get to your destination safely and comfortably.

The LPG system – first and foremost, it’s well worth having your car’s LPG autogas system serviced if you’ve not had it looked at in the last year. If you’re driving a long way you won’t want an avoidable fault to spoil your chances of enjoying cheaper, cleaner motoring for the entire journey!

Oil – the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Check your oil according to the instructions in your handbook and ensure it’s topped up or changed in line with the manufacturer’s intervals.

Coolant – low coolant level causes many summer overheating breakdowns, which can also lead to engine damage if you don’t stop quickly. Check the level when the car is cold. If it’s low, top it up with antifreeze and water in the recommended concentration for your vehicle.

Belts – rubber belts can perish and stretch with age. Your timing, or cambelt, is the most important – it matches the movement of the top and bottom parts of the engine and serious damage will occur if it slips or breaks. It’s essential to replace the timing belt no later than the manufacturer recommends, so check when this is and have it changed promptly if necessary.

Battery – your car’s battery has to cope with a lot of demands. When it eventually gives up the first you tend to know is when the car won’t start at all so, to avoid becoming stranded, have the health of your battery tested well before you set off.

Tyres – keeping a close eye on your tyre condition is always important, but even more so when you’re travelling a long distance with a fully-loaded car. Before you set off, carefully check for any signs of damage like cuts, lumps, bulges or objects embedded in the tyre, and consider replacing tyres with less than 3mm of tread depth. Check and adjust cold tyre pressures, remembering to increase the pressure for a full complement of passengers and luggage, or towing, in line with manufacturer guidance.

Don’t forget that the sat nav points of interest and smartphone downloads, available free of charge on our website, can help you find LPG autogas pumps in the UK. You can also see a handy guide to refuelling with LPG autogas outside the UK.

Happy holidays!

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