It’s the Yuletide season and families are gearing up to travel for the Christmas and New Year holidays. If you are planning on a family road trip during this time, you should know that the safety of your family is a priority.
Regardless of the distance of your road trip, there are certain precautions that you need to take. As the designated driver of the vehicle, you need to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition before you embark on your journey. It all begins before you pack the car and the first thing you need to do is make sure your vehicle is in great condition.
Here are our top tips for keeping safe while on the road during Christmas.
Perform A General Service
When last did you perform a general service on your vehicle? Before you even think of traveling by road alone or with family, you need to do this. Having a professional take a look at your car will help find any problems that might affect you along the way.
Don’t do this general service one or two days before you go though. Make sure you do this at least two weeks prior. That gives you time to drive your vehicle, to check for any faults that might have been missed, and to fix any issues you observe after. It gives you time to test-run your vehicle again before you travel.
The general service of your vehicle would normally include the following;
- An engine oil and filter change
- A change of the fuel filter
- Check windscreen wipers and water jets to make sure they are in good condition
- Checking the cooling system including a check on the fan belt and radiator hose
- A check of the braking system of your vehicle
- Top up power steering, gear and brake fluids
- Checking the tires of the vehicle to make sure the tread is still good
- Check the air pressure of all the tires
- Carry out a wheel balance and alignment check
Carry Out Electrical Checks
Make sure you have a full diagnostic checkup on your vehicle as well, to sort out any electrical issues. The last thing you need is to have an electrical issue while driving in a secluded area in the middle of the night.
Try to avoid replacing faulty car components, including mechanical and electrical parts, with used parts. Always endeavor to get original, QA certified car parts to replace defective ones especially if you have to travel with your vehicle.
Basics: For The Trip
Ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. If you have children in the vehicle, make sure the central lock for the car doors and windows are activated. Secure a baby carriage at the back seat if you are traveling with an infant.
Always drive within the speed limit. Pay attention and observe all road signs and traffic lights. Make sure you travel with a full tank of gas as well, or at least keep an eye on it! Pay attention to the roads and what’s happening around you. The weather over this period can change at the last minute, so you want to be prepared for anything.
Get in touch if you want to make sure your vehicle is ready to go!