It’s that time of year again and no matter how far behind you are with your Christmas shopping there are a few things you might like to add to your list — especially if you’re planning on taking a road trip come 2016.
There are plenty of WA destinations for you to choose from and most offer a wide array of interesting attractions. For example, you might like to stop by the magnificent marri and jarrah forests in Collie’s Wellington National Park or explore the vast expanse of the Lancelin sand dunes up north.
Regardless of your itinerary, the most important thing is that you leave nothing to chance. Short of taking your vehicle in for servicing, here’s a quick rundown on what you can and should check before departing.
1. Check All Components
Whether electrical or mechanical, your car’s components are important factors not to be overlooked as they’ll help to ensure your road trip goes smoothly. Check that all the lights — both interior and exterior — are functioning as normal, that the windshield wipers do their job properly and that the air conditioning works so that you can beat the summer heat.
In addition, check to make sure the warning lights in the dashboard are not illuminated at regular intervals along the way to avoid getting into trouble.
2. Check Your Brake Pads
It goes without saying that long car trips over changing terrain take their toll on your car’s brakes. If you notice anything abnormal such as your vehicle pulling to one side or vibrating when you brake, do yourself a favour and have it checked by a qualified mechanic.
3. Check Your Engine
Fuel efficiency is one thing that many soon-to-be road trippers tend to overlook. So check your engine, battery, cables and fluids for any signs of deterioration beforehand and consider changing the air filter to prevent it affecting your vehicle’s economy.
4. Check Your Tyres
Last but not least are your tyres — including the spare. Check that they still have an even tread and remember to adjust their air pressure as required to suit the load. You’ll also want to check that the tyres are aligned and that you have your wheel removal tools close at hand just in case.
If you discover any issues, do not hesitate to contact us at John Hughes Tyres! We offer four onsite locations for all your fitment, repair and balancing needs and can arrange for one of our mobile service vans to come to you (Perth metro area.)
And that about does it for this list! On one final note however, remember to take a two-way radio or satellite phone with you so you’ll be able to contact who you need to no matter where you are.
Best of luck and have a happy Xmas! See you in the New Year!