Preparing your vehicle for the holiday season
It’s the time of year many have been waiting for – the holiday season. You have been planning for months and everything is booked and paid for. In the frantic preparation to ensure that everything is packed and ready for the journey ahead, make sure you do not overlook your vehicle checks. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance.
Check all your documents
Make sure all your documentation is up to date, including trailers and caravans, especially if you are travelling into neighbouring countries.
Avoid the last-minute rush
Book your vehicle in as soon as possible, as there may be a delay in parts. Allow the service centre enough time to repair or replace parts.
Remember your tyres
Check the tyres of all the vehicles that will be travelling, are in good condition. That includes the trailer or caravan and the spares for each one.
Here is a quick checklist from the Automobile Association: (AA)
- Check the condition of your shock-absorbers, to ensure that you can rely on them for the duration of your trip.
- Check that your windscreen doesn’t have any chips or cracks (especially those that can get worse on a long journey and impair visibility), and that windscreen wipers are working properly.
- Check that the vehicle is mechanically sound.
- Check that all the electronics on the vehicle are in good working order.
- Check that any towing vehicles are also in a good condition and capable of making the journey. (including the tyres)
- Check that their driver’s licenses and vehicle license discs don’t expire while you are away.
Once you are sure that your vehicle is ready for the journey, prepare yourself and your family for an enjoyable trip. Think of games and fun activities to keep the children busy. Look for points of interest along the way, where you can stop for a rest and stretch your legs.
Cartrack would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Drive safely and rest assured, knowing that we are looking after your vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.