Essential Road Trip Checklist

It’s Summer, the perfect time to take a long road trip in the outback or along the coastline. Your car needs to be prepared for the whole trip, working efficiently on the road over several nights, having the capacity to drive in high temperatures without breakdown or malfunctions. No-one wants a holiday road trip spoiled by a broken down car. This is an essential road trip checklist to tick off so your car can be in the best shape to take on a lengthy road trip.

Check your oil and fluids

Oils and Fluids are important to check as an essential piece of the car. Check if your car fluids and oils need to be topped up or any leaks fixed. Australian Mechanical include this check as part of a regular service. If you haven’t had your car serviced recently this is a very important first check.

Check your air conditioner is working

On a hot summer’s day, in the deserted outback or on the quiet coast, losing your air conditioning is a frustrating issue to deal with, let alone fix. Checkout our blog – Why is my Car’s Air Conditioning not Working?

Check your tyre pressure

Tyre pressure is critical to the car’s performance on the road. Having your tyre pressure too high or too low can result in an uncomfortable bumpy ride or even damage components of the vehicle. To learn more about tyre pressure, read our blog – What PSI Should My Car Tyre Pressure Be?

Check the weather

When planning a road trip, it’s always a good idea to check the weather. During a Queensland summer, there is a greater chance of flooding rain or even cyclones. It makes sense to check road reports and make sure the roads you are travelling are open and safe to pass through. When travelling over large distances, always try to have enough food and water on board to keep everyone hydrated and fed, if you’re stuck on the road due to an accident or other event.

Before you leave home, check your windscreen wipers to ensure that you will have good visibility when driving through heavy rain.

Have your car serviced

Australian Mechanical offers servicing Monday to Friday, 6:00am – 5:00pm. We offer comprehensive servicing, mechanical repairs, air conditioning, auto electrical and tyre repair and replacement. We will ensure that your car is ready to fight the summer heat and the dry roads on your next road trip. Call us on 07 3356 1538 to book in for your service or fill out the contact form on our website.

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