Wednesday, 23 December 2020

10 Perfect Ways To Prepare Your Vehicle For A Festive Season Trip

The festive season is just around the corner, it's a time to ponder the ups and downs of the year and spend time creating memories with loved ones.

While you are preparing to travel around with your family just to share good moments together,you also need to consider the state of your vehicle.

Here are 10 things to look-out for to

ensure safety when making plans to travel with your vehicle:
 

1. 

Tyre pressure and Profile


Make sure your tyre pressure is correct for safety reasons and avoid the dreaded blowout.
It is important to always use a tire gauge to check your tyres rather than relying on a "look see". Look for the tyre pressure warning light on the dashboard, if equipped. Low tyre pressure wastes fuel.

Ensure that your car is properly checked on all four tyres to make  sure they are not too worn or unevenly worn.
 

2.
Lights


If you are in a garage, turn your lights on while testing the lights. This is a quick and easy way to check that your lights are working. Test all of your lights, gauges, brake lights, and fog lights one at a time.

3.
Windshield wipers and Demisters


Windshield wipers tend to wear out quickly, especially when your car is outdoors and in the sun. Test both front and rear wipers and splash the washer fluid to make sure your wipers clean the glass clearly. Make sure your demisters are working as sudden fog can be dangerous.

4
Dashboard warning lights

Dashboard warning lights can show you quickly if something is wrong. When you turn the ignition on, all of the warning lights should briefly illuminate. Immediately you notice a warning light that remains on, have it checked immediately. Any warning light often requires immediate inspection by a professional. 

5.

Steering

If you feel like you are having a tug-of-war with the steering wheel to keep your car's lane in a straight line, or if the steering wheel vibrates too much, your steering likely needs to be aligned or checked by a professional.

6.
Battery

A dead battery means your car won't start and you may be stuck in an unsafe place or situation, worse late at night. Car batteries typically need to be replaced every few years, sometimes earlier. If your starter sounds sluggish, either corroded or a battery dying out - definitely get it checked.

7.
Fluid

Although vehicle fluids are usually checked during routine maintenance, you should periodically check them, including washer fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and oil.

8.
Spare wheel

A simple but critical check is to make sure you have a spare wheel, jack, and wheel wrench and that they are all working properly. You probably haven't used your spare tyre in a while. So check the tyre pressure before you set off.

9.
Brakes and Clutch

Always check the condition of your brake pads by looking at how your vehicle reacts to braking when driving and whether it pulls to both sides when braking.

If your brakes squeal and scratch, have them replaced immediately. It is completely unsafe to drive a vehicle that cannot be controlled while braking

10.
Roadside assistance

Lastly, make sure you are signed in with a good roadside assistance service to avoid getting stuck in bad weather or in the middle of nowhere.

LAST WORDS

A successful journey can be achieved if we adhere to the following rules above.Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New year ahead
 

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