The Easter holidays are around the corner and the long weekend usually sees many of us taking to the roads to make long-distance trips to get to our holiday destinations. Before you back out of your driveway to commence your epic road-trip, it is important to make sure that your car is in a roadworthy condition, not only for your safety but also for all the other holidaymakers on the road. It can also save you a few hundred Rands in fines. To help you with ensuring your car is up to scratch, here’s a quick Roadworthy checklist:
Make sure the front and rear lights are working as well as the brake lights.
At the same time, also check that all your indicator lights are working, and don’t forget to use them when on the road!
When filling up with petrol for the trip, ask the attendant to also check your oil, windscreen water, and engine water levels.
While at the petrol station also have the air pressure of your tyres checked (you will find the correct pressure located on the sticker inside the driver’s door) and don’t forget to check your tyre tread – anything below 1.6mm tread and the tyre should be replaced.
Give a quick toot to test that your hooter is functioning
Make sure your car has all the necessary emergency equipment should you encounter a problem on the road. Here are a few things you should always have in your car:
- Reflective Triangle
- Spare Tyre
- Tools to change a tyre
License (Yours and your vehicles)
Obviously, your license and your vehicle’s license both need to be valid to be on the road.
Sending your car in for a quick pre-road trip service is always a good idea too!
Be safe out on the roads over the weekend, respect the rules of the road and the other drivers and pedestrians around you and have a happy Easter vacation!