Road tripping checklists to make your next trip great

0
23

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and for many, the excitement starts with the road trip to your vacation destination. Road tripping is fun … however, if you are unprepared, they can take a nasty turn for the worst.

In reality, a road trip needs careful planning with a number of things taken into consideration. Check out this road trip checklist from Imperial Auto!

First things first:

  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 brake 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

If you have no idea how to check these things – or if you know your vehicle is needing a bit of a service rather book it into your nearest reputable service centre.

  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
  • Ensure 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
  1. Don’t forget to remember

When you are making your list of what clothes and holiday essentials to pack – make a separate list of these important road trip travel necessities:

  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Valid vehicle registration
  • Money for toll gates
  • Petrol card
  • Music
  • Cell phone charger
  • Items to entertain the kids
  • Refreshments
  • Extra water
  • First aid kit

For more useful car tips visit their blog and join the conversation on Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/imperialauto.co.za/

Advertisement