Classic car owners urged to pack one vital thing before long journeys or UK holidays

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Classic car owners should always pack a small box in the boot of their car with key parts to ensure they are ready in case of a small issue or breakdown. This should contain spare parts such as spark plugs, oil, fuel additives and even spare bulbs which means drivers can enjoy long journeys without any breakdown concerns.

John Marcar, Director at driving tour operators Classic Grand Touring, says taking spare parts was not just convenient but could also boost road safety.

Speaking to, he said: “Modern cars have the luxury of being so brilliant at being able to look after themselves.

“But with classic cars it’s always a good idea to have some spares, wear and tear parts that might fail.

“Things like spark plugs or a bit of extra oil, some fuel additives if needed.

“A small box in the back or boot of a car with some bits and pieces is never going to harm anyone, spare bulbs even.

“Just knowing that if you are going to head off to the Scottish Highlands or out into the Yorkshire moors that if something does go, like a lightbulb in the middle of the night, you’ve got the availability to just hop in the boot and swap it over without having to worry to drive with reduced visibility or anything like that.”

Analysis from KwikFit has revealed 13 million British drivers will use cars to escape on UK staycation holidays this summer.

This will see 10.6million miles on UK based trips over the course of this year with Scotland set to be the most popular destination.

Mr Marcar warned classic cars could “leak a little bit” before longer journeys and urged motorists to ensure they thoroughly checked their cars before setting off.

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Although family cars and day-to-day runarounds may have been used for short journeys in lockdown, classic vehicles are likely to have been left inside garages.

He warned the lockdown means many vehicles had been left stationary for a while which could have had an effect on key car parts.

Mr Marcar told “The initial thing would be before you set off, the big advice that we would be giving people is to make sure the car is ready for a long journey.

“A lot of cars have been sat stationary for quite a long time and that takes its toll on draining car batteries.

“Classic cars, that do a lot of work with, often like to leak a little bit, so often oils, fluids and coolants may leak out.

“We always recommend people either take a good look around themselves and make sure the car is fit for purpose.

“You’ve got the right oil in, it’s in good condition, you’ve got coolant in the car, the batteries are in good condition and basically making sure the car is prepped and ready to go.”

The RAC confirms it is “crucial” to take time out to check a vehicle before drivers hit the road on a long distance haul.

They warn seasonal weather, the extra distance and weight from any luggage or passengers can put a strain on vehicles.

They urge drivers to check their vehicle fluids such as oil, coolant and washer fluids before setting off.

Experts warn tyre tread depth and pressures should also be looked at as drives below the legal limit could be at risk of a car crash and being hit with fines.

These checks are easy to carry out but Mr Marcar says those who are struggling should take their vehicle to a garage for a quick assessment.

He told “If you can’t do that yourself then obviously take it to a garage and just have somebody double check it.

“There are plenty of workshops that offer free health checks to make sure everything is ok.

“Make sure your brake pads have got plenty of life on them, particularly if you’re going to go off and do 1,000 miles in your car the last thing you want is to discover your brake pads are about to run out.”

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