- December 6, 2017
- By Emma G
- In Uncategorized
Holiday season is upon us and road trips are certainly one of the most popular ways to see our great country. But before you go anywhere it is essential to ensure your vehicle is safe and ready for a big trip:
Perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out such as checking wipers and fluid levels. Also, schedule any necessary service such as oil changes or tune ups. A vehicle in top shape will have a better chance of staying reliable and efficient. See our guide to car maintenance.
2. Get your car serviced
Your car should be within its servicing period, and the oil and filter should have been changed recently. All the water reservoirs should be full.
3. Check your battery
Make sure your battery is strong and has clean terminals. A road trip is no fun if your car won’t start.
4. Check your tyres
Inspect your tyres for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tyres should have a good amount of tread left. Make sure the tyre pressures are set to the figures that are printed on the placard on the driver’s door jam, or what’s listed in your car’s owner’s manual.
5. Wheel Alignment
If you will be driving a long distance also consider getting your wheels aligned before you go as this will save on tyre wear and on fuel. If you drive on any unsealed roads while you travel you should also plan to get the wheels aligned again after you return.
6. Check your Air Conditioning is in good order
This includes ensuring the fans working correctly, the cabin filter is clean, and it is blowing cold.
7. Be prepared
Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a torch, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
8. Pack smart
Check your vehicle’s load capacity to make sure you aren’t putting too much weight in the car. On most new cars, the total weight you can carry is printed on the door placard inside the driver’s door jam. This load rating includes all the passengers and cargo. Be aware that fuel economy is reduced with extra cargo. Roof-top cargo boxes should only be filled with light bulky items. Heavy loads on the roof can make the vehicle more difficult to handle in emergency situations and increase the risk of a roll over. If not in use, remove the roof rack as if can significantly worsen your fuel economy.
9. Track it
A portable GPS navigation system will help you get where you’re going, making it easy to find petrol stations or restaurants along the way.
10. Child friendly
Lastly if you have children be prepared for road trip entertainment. Nothings is worse than bored children.
Have a great trip.