It’s already difficult and frustrating having car problems on your normal day to day travels but imagine suffering these while taking a long road trip. The trip should be a great time to look forward to and not one that could be filled with potential mishaps along the way.

I think one of the more important tasks is pre planning your route and understanding what kind of terrain and facilities you might encounter on the way, also letting your friends and family know exactly where you are going. There is an endless list of things that you can check and prepare, so I will be giving you a few options that will definitely help you.

Changing your oil and air filter will help your vehicles consumption and performance for the long road ahead so you can either do it yourself or take it down to your local brake repairs shop or dealership. You should also look at replacing your spark plugs. While you are out and about it would be a great idea to stop at a car wash and give it a good clean, inside as well as outside. When packing the car, try to distribute and evenly lay out your luggage so that you don’t have all the weight on one specific part of the car. It’s a good idea to try and avoid having luggage on top of your vehicle as this will create a lot of air drag which can hinder your cars performance and fuel economy.

As with all holidays, the best part of them is the great photos we get to take, especially if you are an inspiring photographer, you must make sure you have lots of storage cards with you. In today’s modern age most of our trips are navigated by using great apps on your mobile phone, such as Google Maps or Waze. As you will be using your phone often for navigation or potentially emergency phone calls it’s incredibly important to have a car charger plugged in. Along with your car charger, ensure you pack in all cables needed on your journey.

A great idea, that is always overlooked when taking a road trip, is taking along your spare key. The feeling of locking your keys in your car while away from home can be a sinking feeling, but if you at least have a spare key in your hotel room where you are on holiday that could save you a lot of money and unwanted headaches! Last and most importantly is having your tyres and brakes checked by a professional before leaving. Good working tyres with the right amount tread on not only will save you a great deal in fuel economy but it will at least give you peace of mind travelling on such a long journey and possibly in different weather conditions.

Here are a couple of other items to keep in your boot; jumper cables, screwdrivers, tow rope and some water. Keep your car in a good condition throughout the year and come your vacation you probably won’t have too much to repair or prepare on it. Also get your brakes and clutch checked before you hit the road.

We are based in Boksburg and are able to service everyone in the East Rand Area. Don’t take chances with your brakes. If you are in any doubt about your brakes, come to us and get them checked while you wait. We offer a speedy brake repair service. Contact us: 0118267000, Email: info@astrobrake.co.za.