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How To Get Your Vehicle Ready for a Road Trip

If you’re one of the many New Zealanders taking advantage of staying put this season and planning a classic summer roadie, read on to learn more about how to make sure your vehicle is road-ready.  

Tyres 

Think of your tyres like your feet – if they’re compromised, you‘ll go nowhere fast. Higher summer temperatures can increase risk of blowout, so give your tyres a tread test to make sure they’re in good shape. You’ll also want to check the tyre pressure, including the spare, and add air if needed.  

Lights 

With more traffic on the road, ensure all your lights are working properly, headlights are angled correctly, and the lenses are clean. Do a test in your driveway.  

Cooling System 

With New Zealand’s infamous mountain roads, the possibilities of the engine overheating are high, if your cooling system is faulty. If you’ve noticed any issues, book in a service with a professional who can sort out any issues.  

Vision 

It’s important to be able to see where you’re going, so ensure your mirrors, windscreen, and windows are clear before you head out. Don’t forget to clean your wiper blades, or buy new ones if you’re not sure of their quality. Now’s also a great time to check the windscreen washer fluid! 

Emergency Kit 

If you don’t have a vehicle emergency kit, buy one or make your ownInclude jumper cables, a first-aid kit, basic tools, flashlight, and an AA card, should you be a member.  

Service 

If you’re nearing a service, we suggest booking it before your trip. Checking the engine oil level and giving your vehicle a run through before you go will give you peace of mind, and help your travel plans run smoother. Most service centres (including ours!) book out close to the holidays, so be sure to get in early.  

Accidents and car breakdowns can happen no matter how prepared you are, but taking the time to get your vehicle road trip ready will pay dividends on your sanity during your summer roadie. Enjoy! 

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