Car Preparation for a road trip

The best part about the end of the year is getting the chance to go away. Driving is a real treat as South Africa has some of the best national road networks anywhere in Africa and if you are planning to use one of those routes, we have put together a few tips to look out for before heading out.

Most tyre and wheel shops offer a full check up before you head out on the road for a long journey, so if you get a chance, visit a Tiger Wheel and Tyre or a Speedy a few days before you leave. I called Tiger Wheel and Tyre to get the run down and these were the extremely important things to look out for:

Car Preparation for a road trip The best part about the end of the year is getting the chance to go away. Driving is a real treat as South Africa has some of the best national

·         Check your brakes, they are the most used part of the car and are responsible for stopping you come rain or shine.

·         Make sure you have the right tyre for the journey you are taking. You may need special tyres to go off road or to carry passengers.

·         Once you have the right tyres for your holiday, make sure the pressure is right. Under inflated tyres effect fuel consumption and performance and over inflated tyres can affect tread wear. Also, don’t forget to check the spare. It can mean the difference between a quick change and a long wait on the side of the road.

·         The sun wears your windscreen wipers out over time so have them checked before you hit the road, especially in the South African rainy season.

·         Have the oil, battery and engine fluids checked by a professional at regular intervals, but especially before a long road trip and make sure all your lights are working, not just so you can see what lies in front of you, but also so you can be seen by those around you.

Everybody thinks the only important thing to worry about on a long journey is the condition of your vehicle, but we cannot stress the importance of taking care of yourself as the driver first. Please remember to stop regularly, swap drivers if you can and stay hydrated, as your mental condition is paramount to a safe journey. Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the drive.