Why do we need to check our tyres?
Summer is the perfect time for giving our cars some love. The weather is warm, the days are longer and we have a renewed sense of adventure. More road trips mean spending more time in the car, so why risk it with dodgy tread or tyres in poor condition?
While we prepare the car for long haul trips, we can only presume the tyres are ok but arguably, our tyres are the most important thing and should be at the top of our checklist for any road trips.
Preparing for a road trip
Preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable road trip this summer. Don’t leave your vehicle checks until the last minute. Give yourself a few weeks to get your vehicle up to scratch. If you come across some issues or components that need replacing, these parts could take weeks to order.
We don’t need to be a mechanic to know the condition our car needs to be in before taking on a long road trip. Simple checks including your tyres will go a long way and prevent a breakdown while halfway up the Princes FWY on your way to your favourite holiday park.
Checking your car
- Tyres including tread depth, sidewall and overall condition
- Vehicle fluids and oils
- Battery condition
- Internal and external bulbs and globes
- Brakes, steering and suspension
Seeing is everything.
Having great visibility while driving is essential to safety. This includes your windscreen, rear window and of course side windows. Check your wiper blades for stiffness or damage. Checking and refilling wiper fluid with a little washing detergent or cleaning additive will help break down any dirt, road grime or insects you might encounter in your line of sight.
Packing for what you need, not want.
So, we have finished all our vehicle checks and the car is ready to go! Well almost. It’s now time to pack.
We always over-pack and more often than not those things never get used or in some cases never leave the car. Really think about what you are putting in the car and if it’s really necessary.
Secure your luggage in the boot or on roof racks. Never pack your luggage in the cabin with the family. In the unlikely event of an accident, this luggage can become a projectile flying around the car. Cargo barriers are a great option for wagons and large SUV’s.
Plan your trip.
Planning your holiday road trip is vital in ensuring you make it to your destination safely and in good time. A well planned trip is not a rushed trip but a safe one.
Plan your stops. It's vital to stop every couple of hours at a rest area or tourist attractions. Other stops may include fuel and vehicle checks. Planning your fuel stops prior to your trip will remove the risks of running out of fuel and being stranded.
Break up your trip by visiting rural communities and tourist attractions. It’s common for people to rush to their destination but take your time. Breaking up the trip will not only support local businesses but you won't feel so worn out when you arrive.
For support, servicing and all your tyre needs for a road trip this summer, call Tyrepower Kogarah today on (02) 9587 3366 or simply visit our workshop at 7 Lindsay Street, Rockdale NSW, 2216.