Before you go on holiday or decide to travel for a few weeks, or perhaps even a few months in some cases, there are a few things you might want to consider in order to properly look after your car while you embark on your adventure. So, here are a few tips for looking after your car while you’re travelling!
Find a Safe Place for Your Car Keys
Despite the assumptions made by most people when they’re travelling with expensive or valuable possessions, there is still a possibility that you could have your car keys, or even your car stolen while you’re on holiday, which is why it’s always a good idea to make sure that you keep items like your car keys in a safe and completely secure place in order to avoid situations like this – and to avoid ruining your holiday, of course!
Keep on Top of Tyre Pressure
One of the most important factors to consider before taking your car with you on your holiday, and in order to make sure that you’re really looking after your car as well, is whether your cars tyres are at their maximum pressure – this will help to keep the tyres in good shape and to avoid encountering a situation involving a flat tyre which can occur after a long time of standing without being driven. Tyre pressure can be checked and adjusted at a petrol station but if you plan on a rural escape, take it to a specialist who can ensure that it will safe for the whole journey and usually provide an easy-to-use repair kit just in case an issue occurs.
Leave Petrol Tanks Empty
If your car has a petrol tank, you should try to make sure that you leave it empty so that you can fill it back up with fresh fuel when you get back home, otherwise the petrol that is still in your tank will eventually become stale and won’t be quite as powerful, thus meaning that the fuel consumption will drastically increase. So, leaving your petrol tank almost empty will make sure that once you get back home, you’ll be able to fuel up with fresh petrol and be on your way again!
Make Sure Diesel Tanks are Always Full
Now, unlike with petrol, diesel tanks are able to function just the same when they’re left for a long period of time with a full tank of fuel, as when they are refilled with fresh diesel too. To some people, this might seem a little bit confusing, or even questionable after reading about petrol, but diesel was designed to last for a lengthy amount of time – this can be at least six months or so, assuming that there is no water in the system to cause a negative effect on how long the diesel will last for, keep it filled up!