Drivers urged to make 10 minute check today before Friday backfire

The AA has told drivers that not doing a quick 10-minute check on their cars today could cause problems on Good Friday. They say this because lots of people will be driving over the Easter weekend. Chris Wood, who is the AA Patrol of the Year, says it's really important to make sure your car is ready before you go to visit family.

He said: "Easter is the first opportunity many people have to go and see their family and we're expecting the roads to be busy." He also said: "Before setting off on a long journey it's important to check your car. A few simple checks could stop car trouble from upsetting your plans.

Take 10 minutes to check your oil, coolant, and windscreen wash levels. It's also important to make sure you have plenty of fuel and or electric charge and check that all your lights are working." Chris also reminded drivers: "Check your tyre pressures do this when the tyres are cold and don't forget to check the tread including the spare if your vehicle has one.

If your vehicle doesn't carry a spare wheel, it can be useful to plan ahead by making a note of your vehicle's tyre sizes and keeping it in a safe place in case you need to pass this information on to a tyre provider." Chris from the car experts says, "If driving in wet weather, try to avoid standing water where safe to do so as this can cover potholes or displaced inspection covers that may be lurking below the surface." He also reminds drivers that not checking your car before a long trip could cause big problems, reports Birmingham Live[2]. RAC Breakdown's Alice Simpson warns, "With Easter falling earlier than usual at the start of the school holidays, it could be carmageddon for holidaymakers.

Anyone who can delay leaving on Thursday until much later in the evening or set off as early as possible on Good Friday is likely to have a better journey than those who travel during the peak periods of the day."

She adds, "Lengthy queues can be expected along routes to the usual hotspots like the West Country, the Lake District and the south coast, especially during the middle of the day when most people make trips."


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