Despite the escalating cost of fuel, it’s a safe bet that lots of families will be taking to the road for school holidays so it’s not too soon to start thinking about the safety and reliability of your vehicle.
It’s a good idea to have the vehicle checked so that any defects can be remedied before departure. You can always start the process yourself with a visual inspection of key areas of the vehicle. Here’s where to look and what to look for:
- The engine and exhaust system – particularly oil leaks which could be a pointer to potential trouble
- The tyres – check for signs of uneven wear (indicating the need for a wheel alignment), splits or faulty treads. And don’t overlook the spare!
- Brakes – not forgetting the car, caravan and trailer.
- Headlights – for correct adjustment to facilitate night-driving and trafficators.
- Windscreen wipers – including the water reservoir, for correct operation and efficient blades.
- Shock absorbers – which play an important part in the vehicle’s on-road performance.
- Security devices – such as door locks and steering wheel locks.
If there’s anything you’re not sure about, consult an expert right away. Remember that the smallest of faults could develop into a safety hazard under extended driving conditions.
On another aspect of safety, we caution drivers against the dangers of fatigue from prolonged driving spells. If there’s another licensed driver in the car, take turns at the wheel.
And don’t forget the four C’s of driving – Care, Courtesy, Consideration for other road users and Compliance with the traffic regulations.
To make sure everything’s safe and sound, you can book a car repair or get some service from us before your travels. And don’t worry, it won’t trouble your holiday budget because we have payment options that you can choose from. 😊
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Updated by Adele Goodwin on 17th November 2021