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10-point check before you road-trip

Here are 10 things to check on your Toyota before you pull out of your driveway on a long road trip:

10-point check before you road-trip

10-point check before you road-trip

 

It’s holiday season – probably the most domestic holiday season since flights first became affordable. With more people travelling within South Africa, there’s every chance that roads will be busier than ever. Here are 10 things to check on your Toyota before you pull out of your driveway on a long road trip:

 1.We’ll start with the most obvious one: check you have enough fuel – you don’t want to have to deviate from your route to fill up or, even worse, run out of fuel, especially if you’re travelling at night or in a rural area where filling stations are few and far between.

Check that your tyres have enough tread to be safe, and check that they are correctly inflated. If you’re not sure what the correct pressure is, look in the owner’s manual in the cubbyhole or on the sticker inside the frame of the driver’s door. PS: It’s a good idea to buy your own tyre pressure gauge and keep it in your car – the ones at filling stations are often incorrect.

Here’s a bonus tip: Check that your spare wheel is correctly inflated! We all forget about it, especially if it’s hard to get to – remember to do this BEFORE you’ve packed the boot!

3. Check that your insurance is up-to-date, and check if it includes 24-hour roadside assistance. Save the phone numbers for the roadside assistance, your insurance call centre and emergency number on your phone.

4. Clean the windscreen and the rear windscreen. Also check that the windscreen cleaner fluid is topped up, and check your windscreen wipers while you’re at it.

5. Check the level of the engine oil as well as engine coolant. Remember to top up these important fluids with the correct grade oil and correct coolant.

6. Check the lights of your vehicle – especially the headlights and brake lights, but also the hazard lights and indicators. If you’re towing, check that the lights on your trailer are all operating correctly. It’s a good idea to keep spare bulbs in your car for emergencies.

7. Check that you have a triangle. A red triangle with reflectors is a very handy safety tool, in the event that you get a puncture or are left at the side of the road for any reason. 

8. Plan your route, and include stops every two hours or so to keep you fresh. Studies have shown that a tired driver can be as dangerous as a drunk driver.

9. Get comfy! Make sure that your driving position is set up for you, because this helps to keep you alert and safe on the road.

10. Check your service record – we left this for last, but don’t think it’s not important. Correctly servicing your car is vital for its safety and reliability. Also essential is sticking to the service schedule so that you don’t void the warranty. If you know that you’re going to be travelling 2000km and your car is due a service in 500km time, get the service done timeously before you leave. Also remember to book your service in advance – lots of people will be servicing their vehicles at this time of year.

 

Remember, everyone wants to arrive alive: don’t speed, be patient and wear your seatbelt!

 

10-point check before you road-trip

 

It’s holiday season – probably the most domestic holiday season since flights first became affordable. With more people travelling within South Africa, there’s every chance that roads will be busier than ever. Here are 10 things to check on your Toyota before you pull out of your driveway on a long road trip:

 1.We’ll start with the most obvious one: check you have enough fuel – you don’t want to have to deviate from your route to fill up or, even worse, run out of fuel, especially if you’re travelling at night or in a rural area where filling stations are few and far between.

Check that your tyres have enough tread to be safe, and check that they are correctly inflated. If you’re not sure what the correct pressure is, look in the owner’s manual in the cubbyhole or on the sticker inside the frame of the driver’s door. PS: It’s a good idea to buy your own tyre pressure gauge and keep it in your car – the ones at filling stations are often incorrect.

Here’s a bonus tip: Check that your spare wheel is correctly inflated! We all forget about it, especially if it’s hard to get to – remember to do this BEFORE you’ve packed the boot!

3. Check that your insurance is up-to-date, and check if it includes 24-hour roadside assistance. Save the phone numbers for the roadside assistance, your insurance call centre and emergency number on your phone.

4. Clean the windscreen and the rear windscreen. Also check that the windscreen cleaner fluid is topped up, and check your windscreen wipers while you’re at it.

5. Check the level of the engine oil as well as engine coolant. Remember to top up these important fluids with the correct grade oil and correct coolant.

6. Check the lights of your vehicle – especially the headlights and brake lights, but also the hazard lights and indicators. If you’re towing, check that the lights on your trailer are all operating correctly. It’s a good idea to keep spare bulbs in your car for emergencies.

7. Check that you have a triangle. A red triangle with reflectors is a very handy safety tool, in the event that you get a puncture or are left at the side of the road for any reason. 

8. Plan your route, and include stops every two hours or so to keep you fresh. Studies have shown that a tired driver can be as dangerous as a drunk driver.

9. Get comfy! Make sure that your driving position is set up for you, because this helps to keep you alert and safe on the road.

10. Check your service record – we left this for last, but don’t think it’s not important. Correctly servicing your car is vital for its safety and reliability. Also essential is sticking to the service schedule so that you don’t void the warranty. If you know that you’re going to be travelling 2000km and your car is due a service in 500km time, get the service done timeously before you leave. Also remember to book your service in advance – lots of people will be servicing their vehicles at this time of year.

 

Remember, everyone wants to arrive alive: don’t speed, be patient and wear your seatbelt!