At this time of the year, plenty of us are heading away on road trips with family and friends. It could be a nice trip an hour or two away, or a longer journey that will not only put pressure on you as the driver, but your car as well.
Here’s my top five things to do before you head off on your holiday road trip.
Check your tyre pressure: It seems like a simple one, but so many people don’t check their tyre pressure before they head off on long tips. It’s important to check your tyre pressure regularly anyway, but especially when you’re heading away on a holiday. Don’t forget, checking your tyre pressure is free at most service stations. If you don’t know what your tyre pressure should be, check the inside of the driver’s door or the manufacturer’s guide.
Pack a first aid kit: You can pick up an affordable first aid kit for as little as $5 at a local shopping centre. It’s a great idea to have a first aid kit handy in your car – you never know when the odd scrape, bump or bruise will delay your journey slightly, and having access to some some first aid tools could be a time saver, and ensure any little issues are fixed up sooner rather than later.
Check the spare tyre: It’s unlikely you’ve checked your spare tyre since your last trip, so make sure you check the tyre pressure and tyre quality before you head off. The last thing you want is to be on the side of a dark road in the middle of the night without a solution to your flat tyre.
Check your roadside assistance membership: Whether you’re a member of the NRMA or another roadside service, make sure your membership is valid and that you’ve taken down their number, just in case. Having help when it’s most needed can provide a lot of relief in a stressful situation.
Check lights and fluid levels: Before heading off, make sure your brake lights and indicators are all working properly. You should also check your radiator levels, windscreen wiper fluid levels and of course your oil. If you have an old car, it’s always a good idea to carry extra water, radiator fluid or oil with you.
Have fun on your road trip, but make sure safety is always at the front of mind.
Rod Matthew is the owner of KSR Autobody in Kingswood.