Three easy tips to prepare your car for a road trip

It is important when you go on a road trip with family and friends to enjoy yourselves and not be let down or slowed down by problems with your car.Here are some tips to prepare your car for a road trip.

If you are planning a road trip this summer –  here are some handy tips from us that to ensure your car is as ready as you are for the road!

Check your tyre tread and tyre pressure
Worn out and flat tyres can not only cost you money in fines and points on your licence but they are also extremely dangerous! A good tip to prepare your car for a road trip is to check them monthly.

The minimum tread depth allowed in Australia is 1.5mm however we recommend changing your tyres at 3.0mm. A great way to check the depth of your tyres is by using a coin or a tread depth gauge (which can be purchased for as little as $5). Make sure you check the depth of all your tyres including the spare tyre.

Checking tyre pressure is best done at a petrol station and you can can usually find the recommended pressure of car tyres by looking on the tyre itself or on the inside of your front door opening or even the owner’s manual.

Check your windscreen washer bottle and windscreen wipers

To ensure you and your passengers have excellent visibility on what is sure to be an awesome road trip – make sure your windscreen wiper blades are in good condition and that your windscreen washer liquid is full.

Wiper blades can be purchased for as little as $5 and washer liquid even cheaper. Even if you don’t need either of these right now – it’s a good idea to pack them in the car in the event you are far from an auto store and require them.

Find the spare key

There is nothing worse than being 400 km from the nearest car dealer (or even worse .. toilet) and losing or damaging your car key.
If you cant locate or have a spare key to your car then get one made. Car dealerships can make copies however auto locksmiths can usually make copies for a fraction of the dealer price. An added bonus of using an auto locksmith is many of them are mobile and can come to you!

 

Need more tips to prepare your car for a road trip?  Drop in see us to ensure your car is as ready to go as you are! With five convenient locations at Erina, Tuggerah, West Gosford, Woy Woy, and Cessnock – servicing your vehicle has never been easier.