Holiday Advice

When holidays come around it’s good to think about you and your family’s safety.

Basic checks before you go.


Tyres: Check air pressure of your tyres, including the spare. Under-inflation is a leading cause of tyre failures and blowouts.

Warnings lights: Ensure there are no vehicle warning and reminder indicator lights on and that any outstanding vehicle services have been performed.

Checks: Ensure all weekly checks recommended in the owner’s handbook have been performed:

Batteries: Weak batteries can lead to breakdowns, possibly at the worst time and place.

Brakes: An expert inspection can determine whether brakes are functioning properly with full braking capability.

Windshield wipers: Old or worn windshield wipers can lead to poor visibility.

Headlamps: Properly aimed headlamps are a must for optimal visibility.

Oil: Change the oil and filter at recommended intervals to minimise engine wear and reduce the possibility of internal damage. Check the owner’s manual for recommended intervals.

Fluid levels: Improper fluid levels (coolant, oil, power steering, transmission, brake fluid and even washer solvent) can negatively affect vehicle performance, durability and safety.

Belts and hoses: A broken belt or ruptured hose can cause costly engine damage and travel delays.

Wheel alignment: Maintain correct front and rear wheel alignment. Incorrect alignment makes the wheels drag, which increases fuel consumption and causes uneven and premature tyre wear.

Restrain loose items: Whenever possible, stow articles in the luggage compartment. Perhaps consider, if driving a wagon, fitting a cargo barrier to avoid loose objects entering the cabin. Check load capacity in the owner’s manual.

Mass distribution: Loading the vehicle changes the handling of the vehicle. After loading, be sure to take time to become familiar with the feel of the vehicle.

Warnings: Ensure there are no vehicle warning and reminder indicator lights on.

Towing: Check wiring, lights and towing hitch tyres and pressures (trailer tyre pressures should be higher than car tyres around 40PSI). Make sure caravans are loaded correctly, placing most weight forward of the trailer axle to ensure there is sufficient weight on the tow bar. This reduces sway.


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