Before you embark on your long journey make sure that your car is in a tip-top condition. If you travelling across South Africa or over our borders it is good idea to book a quick service to check that your brakes and shock absorbers are ready for the bumpy roads.
Most of the time breakdowns are caused by minor problems that can be solved by having the right equipment in your car.
Never leave home without:
- A charged cellphone, with your road-side assistance number on speed dial.
- First aid kit.
- Warning triangle and reflective jacket.
- Tow rope.
- A multi-tool.
- Jack and wheel spanner.
- Jumper cables.
- Tyre compressor, in case of tyre puncture.
- A bottle of water, in case your engine over heats.
The day before the trip ensure you fill up with your tank and check your tyre pressures (including your spare wheel). Alternatively you can do your final checks on the morning of your departure. It is also a good idea to leave before the sun rises to take advantage of the cooler weather and quieter roads. Give yourself enough time on the road to reach your destination without rushing, and allow for fuel stops and bathroom breaks. Travel safe and enjoy your holiday getaway.
Tips courtesy of Denis Droppa and Jesse Adams from The Star Motoring team.