3 essential car checks to do before hitting the open road!Todd McArthur
- Fluid Levels: Check all the fluid levels in your car, including the engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Low fluid levels can lead to engine damage, overheating, or reduced braking efficiency. Top up any fluids that are low and address any leaks before your trip.
- Tire Condition: Inspect your tires for proper inflation, tread wear, and overall condition. Underinflated or overinflated tires can affect your car’s handling and fuel efficiency, while worn-out or damaged tires can compromise your safety. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure and adjust it to the recommended level stated in your car’s manual. Also, ensure that the tread depth is above the legal limit and there are no signs of cuts, bulges, or other damage. Consider rotating or replacing your tires if necessary.
- Brakes & Lights: Test your brakes to ensure they are responsive and in good condition. If you notice any squeaking, grinding, or vibrations when applying the brakes, your brake pads may be worn or have other issues. Check that all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights & indicators are functioning properly. Remember proper lighting is crucial for your safety on the road, especially during nighttime driving or different weather conditions.
Remember, regular maintenance and professional inspections are essential for the overall safety and reliability of your vehicle. If you notice any issues during the pre-trip check or have concerns about your car’s condition, it’s recommended to have a qualified mechanic inspect and address them before embarking on your journey. Bonus Tip: Pack an emergency kit with essential items like jumper cables, a flashlight, basic tools, a jack, a spare tire and a first aid kit in case of unexpected situations.
Most importantly have fun and enjoy the beauty of driving on Australian Roads!