The holidays have officially begun and that means it’s time for a getaway – road trip style!

To help make sure your road trip is a success, Imperial Auto have given us a checklist with everything you need for a perfectly planned holiday drive.

  1. Do a pre-travel car check

It’s a good idea to do a few quick checks to make sure your car is road trip ready.  It will only take a few minutes but could save you a lot of trouble.  Here’s what you need to check:

  • Fluids (oil, break-fluid, water and coolant) – this is an under-the-bonnet check.
  • Leaks – following the under-the-bonnet checks of the fluid levels, it is a good idea to check for any leaks from various components and hoses underneath your car.
  • Lights – check all globes, including break lights.
  • Wipers – ensure the wipers are clearing the water from the windscreen.
  • Wheels and tyres – check the tread and the pressure. Also check the steering to see if the vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Spare wheel – make sure you have one and that it is properly inflated.  Also ensure you have a jack, and spanner and while you are at it add in jumper cables.
  • Brake pads – the composite inner part needs to be above 5mm thick. Also make sure your handbrake is working correctly.
  • Ensure vehicle registration is up to date.
  1. Eliminate towing troubles

If you are towing a caravan or trailer be sure to tow the line with these checks:

  • Ensure compatibility between your vehicle and the trailer or caravan you’re towing.
  • Make sure it is roadworthy and that you have the correct license.
  • Check that all the necessary components are in place and that they are in good working order. These components include: the tongue, the hitch, the coupler, safety chains and brake and lights systems.
  • Driving with a trailer or caravan generally requires increased concentration. Ensure you have enough space to overtake and remember that making turns are more difficult.
  1. Have a plan

Although throwing caution to the wind and driving off into the sunset spontaneously sounds romantic and fun… planning things out is a much safer option. Here are some things to consider:

  • Decide what route you are going to take and work out estimated travel time. Make sure you know the directions.
  • Plan what time of day would work better for you to travel.
  • Plot rest stops and decide if you need to sleep overnight somewhere to break up the trip.
  • Pre-book overnight accommodation.

All checked? Happy road tripping!