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Is your vehicle ready for your Holiday Road Trip?

Its December, and Christmas is just around the corner – can you believe it! At this time of the year we will all be doing more driving than usual –  shopping trips, trips to the beach, visiting friends and relatives – and for some of us, an annual road trip to holiday or spend Christmas with family.

If you are planning a long road trip, you need to think about preparing your car – this is not the time to have your car break down halfway between home and your destination due to something that could have been prevented with a little maintenance.

Even if your car’s services are up to date – it is a good idea to have your car checked over by a qualified mechanic before you leave on a long road trip. There are a number of things that can fail due to normal wear and tear, that only a mechanic will be able to pick up. Make a point of doing this at least 3 weeks before Christmas, so that if problems are found you will have enough time to get them rectified.

Here are some checks that need to be made:

  • Check the level of fluids and top up where needed – fluids such as power steering fluid, windscreen washer fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, radiator coolant to name a few.
  • Check your windscreen wipers and replace any work wiper blades if needed.
  • Check the car battery for charge, corrosion, cables and fluid top up
  • Check all of your vehicle’s lights to make sure that they are working properly
  • Check the condition of all tyres (including the spare) for wear and correct inflation, and check the alignment of the tyres on the vehicle
  • Have a look at the condition of the timing belt, spark plugs, hoses and connections in the engine
  • Check on the condition of springs, shock absorbers and struts
  • Check the condition of your brake pads
  • Check the oil and air filters

 

If you are not a member of one of the automobile associations in Australia, and you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, consider joining, so that you will have access to a tow truck or roadside assistance if you need this.