Use these 5 tips to get your car ready for the long-haul trip this Easter.
Every year an astounding amount of
road accident fatalities mar what’s
supposed to be the fun-filled time of the
year. Major causes are drunk driving,
excessive speeding, dangerous
overtaking, not using seatbelts and
Consider these 5 things to be
sure your car’s roadworthy before
- Check your tyres have enough tread (a minimum of 1mm is required) and that your wheels are aligned, balanced and wheel nuts tightened properly. Test to see whether you spare wheel has the correct tread and pressure too.
- Check your headlights, brake lights, fog lights, indicators and hazard lights are working properly and that they’re at the correct brightness and height so they won’t distract other drivers.
- Check you have a tool kit and jack in your car in case you break down far from assistance. It’s important to test and see that your jack is in working order (and indeed, how to use it!).
- Fix any cracks in the windscreen as they may impair your vision, and have good windscreen wiper blades and enough window-washing fluid.
- Do a full oil and water check before your journey to avoid overheating your engine. Consider transport as the most important element of your vacation, above packing and locking up your house.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe over the holidays:
- Take your car for a complete safety overview at least two weeks before you leave, to ensure all critical elements are in full working order.
- Wear your seat belt at all times and strap your children in.
- Don’t speed and remember to keep a safe following distance.
- Never overtake on a blind rise or on a corner.
- Be sure you’re always visible by driving with your headlights on, even during the day.
- Adjust your driving to suit weather, road surface or traffic flow conditions.
- Always drive a good 20km per hour slower at night.
- Stay alert by getting a good night’s rest before a long journey and take a break every two hours or 200km.
- Never drink and drive!