AA Summer driving tips to make the journey safer

The good weather does not always mean good driving conditions as the sunshine can melt the road surface making it extremely slippery. Also, rain at the end of a long dry spell can mix with dust, oil and rubber, producing a road surface like an ice rink.

The good weather does not always mean good driving conditions as the sunshine can melt the road surface making it extremely slippery. Also, rain at the end of a long dry spell can mix with dust, oil and rubber, producing a road surface like an ice rink.

Servicing: A full service is necessary at least one full week before a long journey.

Last Minute Checks: Engine, oil, brake and clutch fluids, battery electrolyte, tyre pressure and the windscreen washer reservoir should be rechecked just before the journey starts.

Spare Kit: Delays caused by minor faults can be reduced by taking a small spares kit comprising of a fan belt, radiator hoses, bulbs, points, a condenser, pair of spark plugs and a roll of insulting tape.

Balance: The load should be balanced, that is, heavy articles should be placed as near to the centre of the car as possible. Heavy articles must never be concentrated on one side of the vehicle, neither must luggage impede the drivers vision or prevent seat belts from being used.

Inside The Car: Loose or heavy items in the passenger compartment can move under braking or cornering - this can distract the driver or jam against the control.

Outside The Car: Roof racks must be firmly fitted and loaded with as low a profile as possible to minimise the wind resistance and maintain stability. Also, make sure everything carried on the roof rack is securely tied down.