Gearing Up For Longer Drives

Everything you need to know

It’s time to prepare yourself and your BMW for bigger adventures. With this in mind, we have put together a selection of handy tips and expert advice for longer journeys, so you can avoid any unexpected stops and enjoy the ride.


Keeping your BMW fluids topped up is very important, especially on longer trips. If you’re due for an oil change, it is recommended that you replace all of the fluid and do not add new oil on top of old. And it isn’t just the engine oil that needs attention, be sure to check your coolant and windscreen washer.


Tyre pressure needs to be just right. So if the pressure is too high, let some air out. If it’s lower, inflate them. If you are unsure of correct pressure levels for your BMW, there should be a black sticker on the inside of the driver’s door with the details you need. Or, check your Owner’s Manual or iDrive where you can match your tyre size to the recommended pressure level.

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Check for wear and take a look at the tyre’s tread. The best and most accurate way to do this is by using a depth gauge (there are lots of inexpensive options online). BMW recommends a minimum depth of 3mm. Anything below this affects the braking and cornering of your vehicle.


All vehicle brakes, owing mainly to corrosion, need a clean. You can do this simply by simply using them. Slowly move your BMW in your driveway (or a car park) and gently apply the brake pedal a few times.


It’s much easier to do this with another person’s help, so they can stand back and check the lights while you flick the switches. If one of your lights isn’t working, don’t worry, it’s a quick and easy fix. For assistance with this, please get in contact with your local Sytner BMW Service Centre.


Ensure your BMW is running as it should to give you the peace of mind to enjoy every moment. Visit your local BMW Service Centre for a Vehicle Health Check and our vehicle trained technicians will check over the key components of your car.