Preparing your car for a long trip

Preparing your car for a long trip

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There’s a lot to prepare when going on a long road journey. So don’t forget to check one of the most important things – your vehicle.

We recommend that you have a thorough safety inspection by a qualified technician prior to any long distance travel. Having a technician bring to your attention any worn or unserviceable items may save you a lot of money down the track, and it just may save you breaking down whilst on your journey.

Doing regular routine safety checks on your vehicle could save you from a blown out tyre or damaging your engine. All these things can mean a massive dent on your finances too. Here are some basic safety checks to help keep your vehicle safe:

  • Check your car’s oil level on a weekly basis.
  • Check if your car’s horn, blinkers, headlights, brake lights and tail lights are working. These could help you avoid an accident.
  • Check for any damage on your windscreen. This includes chips which can lead to nasty irreparable cracks and replacement costs.
  • Don’t be caught with a dirty windscreen, it impairs your vision. Check the operation of your windscreen wipers and ensure the rubbers are not damaged and are in good working order. Also check   the water level in your windscreen washer reservoir.
  • Check tyre pressures regularly and ensure they meet manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Check the operation of your handbrake and braking system.
  • Seatbelts are lifesavers. Check the condition of all seat belts
  • Check your car’s radiator coolant level
  • Check the general condition of your battery