With summer in full swing, many people will be planning days out and road trips.

Whether it's time spent exploring a new city, a visit to a zoo or a theme park, or plans to head to a beautiful beach, one thing is for sure - you'll be spending a good few hours in your car.

As all drivers are aware before embarking on a long journey, there are some essential motor checks you need to make.

Car insurance comparison site Uswitch.com, has issued advice to motorists before setting off on a long journey.

Joel Kempson, car insurance expert at Uswitch, says: "As the reality of foreign holidays is still being deliberated by Governments across the globe, a safe alternative is to plan a UK staycation and turn it into a fun road trip.

"Whether you’re travelling two hours or 12, it’s essential to ensure your vehicle is up to scratch in order to handle the exciting trip ahead.

"Following simple but effective steps before heading on your journey will minimise the chance of finding yourself in stressful situations, so you can actually enjoy your UK getaway."

The essential car checks before going on a road trip:

  1. Fluid levels - make sure engine oil, brake fluid and antifreeze are all topped up.
  2. Tyres – check all tyres (including spares) are in good condition, pumped to the correct pressure and tread depths are above the legal requirement of 1.6mm. Remember to carry equipment for changing tyres in case of a puncture.
  3. Lights – ask someone to stand at the front and back of the car to check all lights are working, including fog lights, brake lights and full beams. It’s worth storing spare bulbs just in case too, so you don’t find yourself without lights on the road.
  4. Brakes – brakes should feel firm and smooth when applied. If they feel too soft or make harsh sounds when pressure is applied, they could be thin or worn.