Thame Driving Blog

    Preparing for my family Easter Scottish adventure

    Thame Driving Blog

    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    507 miles

    That’s what I have to look forward to driving this Easter as I take the family up to North West Scotland for a few days.

    If you have kids of your own then you may be familiar with the colourful frontage of Balamory.

    Well this is actually a real place called Tobermory (the name of one of the Wombles!) and the village we’re staying in is directly opposite.

    It’s an incredible place and although I’ve been up there a few times, we’ve never done the journey with the kids in the car yet.

    Long journeys and bored kids are never a good combination (though the last couple of hours of the drive are jaw droppingly spectacular) so we’ll be employing all the tricks in the book to make the journey go as smoothly as possible. All idea’s for keeping the children amused are welcome.

    I’ve used DVD players in the past but it seems a shame when driving through the beautiful Highlands that they should have their noses in Disney films!

    To ensure we are not interupted by breakdown (and cross children) on the journey I’m carrying out my “pre-adventure” checks. They are simple, very effective and can be carried out the night before you leave.

    The simple ‘pre-adventure’ checks I’ll be going through include:

    1) Check tyres. Not just the pressure, but the wear as well. Last thing I want is to be stood at the side of the motorway whilst I unpack everything from the boot to get to the wheel change kit.

    2) Check my battery. I wrote about this recently as so many cars have been having their batteries conk out at inopportune moments. A quick check with a battery tester will tell me if I need to replace it.

    3) Check fluid levels. Oil and coolant are obvious ones, but also screen wash.

    4) Lights. We very rarely check these as a matter of course, but with one of you brake lights out your holiday could meet a bump in the road if you get pulled over. And for me it would be a long old trek to the nearest town of Fort William to get a replacement!

    Now although these checks would probably only take 10 minutes or so to do, I’m lucky with where I work that there’s a workshop full of mechanics who can quickly whizz through them for me (IF I NEEDED TO)

    But I’ve had a word with them and they’ve agreed to do the same for you.

    If you’ve got a long journey planned and want to get a professional to check the basics, just bring it in during the week and one of the guys will help you out.

    It’ll only take a few minutes, and you can even grab a cup of coffee from our reception area whilst you wait.

    I’ll be writing a few more post while i’m away, hopefully they won’t be written on the side of the road waiting for the AA man to arrive!!

    Have a great week,


    THAME Cars Sales Director

    P.S. I’ll tell you about my best child placating methods in an email next week, or if you have any favourites of your own hop over to our Facebook page and share them on there!