Back On The Road Again! Getting Your Car Road Trip Ready
Australia has some ideal places for the perfect road trip. With its spectacular views, magnificent beaches, world-renown national parks and historic places, you’ll never have a dull moment!
Forward planning is the secret ingredient for a memorable holiday. Booking accomodation and researching places to visit are the obvious things, but what about transport? Checking your cars vitals before a trip can pay off, especially if it spends most of its time in the garage.
Before anything else, check your vehicle’s service sticker and if it’s almost due, book it in for a service – but, there are also some checks you can carry out yourself.
Clean inside and out
No one likes sitting in a dirty car for hours on end. Take the time to clean your car inside and out. Give the dashboard a thorough wipe and vacuum your seats. While you’re at it, check your seatbelts work properly and make sure there are no warning lights on your dashboard. Ensure your windscreen is clean on both sides and your wipers are clearing the screen completely. If not, replace your wiper blades.
Book a car service
Leave yourself time in the weeks leading up to your trip to get your car serviced by your local mechanic. During your service, the mechanic should check your steering, suspension, brakes and brake pads, and change the oil and filters.
Check the tyres
Before setting off, take a look at the physical condition of your tyres. Check the tread depth and make sure they’re evenly worn. If your tyres are ‘bald’, they won’t provide enough grip on the road. It’s also a good idea to check the air pressure in your tyres. This can easily be done at most service stations or visit your local Tyre specialist.
Check the fluid levels
If your vehicle isn’t due for a service, before leaving home check the fluid levels under the bonnet. This will include coolant fluid in the radiator and overflow bottle, engine oil, brake fluid, wiper washers and power steering. Check your vehicle manual if you don’t know where these are located.
Check your lights
Check to make sure all your lights are working, this includes any trailers or caravans you might be towing. This is especially important if you’re travelling at dawn, dusk, or in the dark.
Make sure your vehicle is covered
No matter how prepared you are a break down or flat tyre can happen to anyone. Check your roadside assistance is up-to-date and if you’re travelling long distances or with a caravan, consider upgrading to ensure you’re covered no matter how far away from home you are.
Have a safe trip!
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