Indispensable checklist for a road trip | Bedfordview Edenvale News
The priority of every motorist is to have a smooth and safe journey, whether it is their daily commute or an exciting road trip with their loved ones.
A key part of any trip is a reliable vehicle and the battery that powers it.
A well-maintained vehicle shouldn’t break down, and here are six tips to make sure your car goes the distance.
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• Check under the hood
Be sure to check the oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels.
If it is low, your engine may have a leak, which could cause it to seize.
A seized engine is not only expensive, it will also prevent you from reaching your destination.
• Check all the globes
Make sure your lights are working for night driving or foggy passes.
Remember to check the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights.
• Check your windshield wipers
Spray your windshield using the windshield washers and make sure the windshield wipers are effectively cleaning the water.
If they leave streaks that interfere with your vision, it’s time to replace your wiper blades.
• Check the wheels and tires
Check that they have more than 1.6mm of tread and that the tire pressure is at the level it is supposed to be.
Make sure to align and balance your wheels and check for cracks or buckles, which can cause air leakage and cause a blowout.
• Check the brake pads
Your brakes are ultimately what could prevent accidents.
If your car cannot stop in time, you are putting yourself and other motorists at risk.
Make sure the brake pads have at least 5mm of composite material or listen for signs of brake pad wear, such as squealing or squealing when braking.
• Check your car battery
Your car battery is what starts your journey.
A robust and reliable battery should have the following characteristics:
• Vibration Resistance – Prevents breakdowns on rough terrain and off-road activities.
• High Cycle Endurance – Maximizes your battery life and ensures your car always starts.
• High cranking power – A quality battery can withstand high temperatures and freezing cold.
To keep your trip going smoothly, don’t forget to do a roadside check and if anything needs to be replaced, do it before you leave.
When it comes to evaluating your battery and alternator, there are specialty stores that can help you and install the right battery for your car.
One of South Africa’s most trusted batteries is Exide, and they are produced locally.
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