For many of us, Christmas time often means getting away from the rigours of our lives for a bit of R&R. And the key to making your holiday travel safe and enjoyable is putting in the necessary planning.
Whether you’re gearing up for a long road trip or just a weekend getaway, it’s important to take steps to be prepared.
In this blog, we discuss the ways you can make sure your trip is safe and relaxing for everybody, and look at some simple vehicle checks you can do before heading off on the open road.
In addition to working out – and becoming familiar with – the route you will be taking, the amount of time to allow for getting there, and making sure you’re well rested, it’s really important to give your car a good once-over to ensure it’s in tip-top condition, and able to withstand the journey.
Get enough shut eye
Long trips require concentration, so naturally you’ll want to be well-rested. Drivers can often feel tired, but tempted to push through to ‘make good time’. While intentions are good, it’s putting everyone in the car, and other road users, at risk.
Holiday-makers can often find themselves in situations that require extra focus, such as unfamiliar weather conditions, foreign roads and other unexpected situations.
It’s for these reasons that drivers should be well rested before the trip, and also take necessary stops to freshen up, or even nap, throughout the drive.
Have your car serviced
Heading off on holiday should be exciting. Now is the time to be prepared and ensure your vehicle is primed and ready to go.
The team at Brighton Nissan, for example, utilise the most up to date equipment to support the Nissan maintenance program, which allows you to get the best performance from your Nissan vehicle.
A good service will ensure great mechanics perform the required checks, balances, repairs and replacements necessary to make sure your car is ready to take on the elements.
Head on down to Brighton Nissan and see the friendly staff who will get your vehicle ready to go. You can book your service today!
Check windscreen wipers
It’s important to replace your wiper blades regularly, and while you might not need to use them a whole lot during the summer, it’s at times like this that they are crucial. Long drives can mean bugs and other pesky bits and pieces land themselves on your windscreen. Encountering unexpected weather conditions can also require the use of wipers.
If you have not replaced your wiper blades recently, make sure that they are aligned and functioning correctly. Pour some water on your windshield and turn on the wipers to see if you notice any streaks or missed areas. You don’t want any extra hazards when you’re trying to focus on the road.
Check tire pressure
Different weather conditions can affect tire pressure. During hot summer days, tires may expand in the heat. Ensure tire pressure is at its optimum pressure for the elements you’ll be driving in. You can do this manually with a pneumatic gauge once a week. Be sure to look up the manufacturer’s recommended pressure setting for your specific tires.
Make sure your lights are good to go
Long trips can require driving at unexpected times. Make sure your lights – including high-beam – work, and ensure your tail lights are in great shape, also. You also want to make sure your indicators are working and the hazard function works too, in case of an unexpected breakdown, or any other emergency where these lights are required.
Finally, give your car a good once over regarding its fluids. Oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid, power steering, brake fluid, water, coolant and clutch fluid if applicable.
Remember, heading off on a road trip should be an exciting time. But you should also be prepared. By doing these simple-yet-necessary DIY checks, in addition to having a pre-holiday service, you will be sure you’re going to get the best performance out of your vehicle.
At Brighton Nissan, our workshop utilises the most up to date equipment and has been purpose built to support the Nissan maintenance program, which allows you to have peace of mind about the safety of your car, and the people in it.