A road trip? Why would anyone choose to travel any other way?  Goodbye to cabin pressure blocked ears in airplanes, your kids can’t handle it anyway. Close your eyes and imagine this: playing tunes you can sing along to, sight-seeing and exploring new territory, kicking back while nibbling away at a variety of snacks. Now that we have you focused, here are 10 things to check on your car before you travel:

  1. The emergency equipment:

Not to jinx you, but rather safe than sorry. Make sure the emergency equipment is packed and in working order. The latest car models don’t come with spare wheels anymore, and here, an emergency puncture repair kit is a definite yes to have.

  1. Oil change:

Remember checking the depth of the pool by using the mesh rake pole? Checking oil levels can be done with the car’s dipstick. Before checking, your engine should be cool or the car should be off for at least 10 minutes. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it, dip it back in the oil, and pull it out to examine.

  1. Tyre threads:

If you’re a K53 driver, you know how much of a fuss it was to remember your tyre thread and recall it before taking your test. Your tyre thread should be at least 1.6mm in depth and have a visible pattern.

  1. Tyre pressure:

The correct tyre pressure helps in cases of emergency braking, comfort and fuel economy. If you notice that your tyres are worn out on the outer sides, they are underinflated. If they are worn out down the middle, the could be overinflated.

  1. Brake lights:

To check that they are in working order, reverse park in front of a reflective surface and have a look in your rear-view mirror while pumping your breaks. The reflection will tell you if you’re good to go.

  1. Wipers:

Your wiper blades should glide across silently and leave a completely clean view on your windscreen. Don’t forget to check the rear wiper as well.

  1. Engine coolant:

A coolant absorbs the heat so that the engine stays in working order. Check the engine coolant reservoir markers to see the coolant levels.

  1. Load capacity:

Be aware of your car’s capacity, as overloading will affect fuel consumption and your car may be unable to handle emergency situations.

  1. Valid licence disk:

Your licence disk should be nowhere near its renewal date, or even passed it! Avoid hefty fines and penalties by renewing it before the trip.

  1. Hoses:

Have a peek under your car for any possible leaks.

Whether you’re embarking on a 3-hour journey or one that will require several stops before your destination, complete all your car checks to avoid being stranded.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Errors and omissions excepted. (E&OE)

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