We cannot believe how time just fly! School holiday is just a few days away – have we even gotten used to writing 2019 instead of 2018?1?!
With the holidays come the opportunity to take on the long – or short – road and for that we have make sure your car is safe.
Here is a short check list of the most important things to check before your depart with your precious family.
Brakes and Clutch
Have your brake pads checked before you leave on holiday. You don’t want to come in an accident on unfamiliar roads and areas and not be able to stop safely.
Also evaluate the brakes and clutch while driving. This is one of the best ways to see and feel if anything is amiss like a pull to either side under braking. Same with the clutch too, if you suspect it is not working well you should have it checked by us.
It is absolutely unsafe to drive a vehicle that is uncontrollable under braking.
Fluids (oil and coolant)
Check fluid levels regularly as a sudden low level may indicate a leak. It is important to keep all fluids topped up as this helps your engine function better.
- Brake fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
Following the under-the-hood checks of the fluid levels, you should also check for leeks. Any kinds of shine leaks under the car may indicate a problem. Have it checked out immediately.
If your holiday involves driving at night or in misty conditions, you want to be sure that all of your car’s lights are working correctly – especially if you are in an unfamiliar region of the country. Also, driving with your lights on during the day is a good idea as it makes your vehicle more visible on the road for other road users.
A simple yet essential check that you can do yourself before tackling any long journey is checking to see if your spare tyre, the jack, and spanner, are all present in your vehicle and if they are working properly.
Wheels and tyres
Tyres are perhaps the most important part of your vehicle. They are what connects your car to the road, and if you are driving for hours at a time, they need to be in tip-top shape.
Examine the following:
- Tread depth
- Surface damage like inflections and bubbles
- Tyre Pressure
- Brake pad wear – minimum of 5mm surface
- Hand brake / emergency brake
The weather can be unpredictable – especially when you leave your home town for another exotic destination. Make sure your wipers are in working order. If it does not clear the window without streaks it should be replaced.