It is vacation time

Barry de Klerk - It is almost time to hit the long road and take a much needed vacation after a long trimester.

Vacations are fun, but you should always take the necessary precautions to make sure you and your family are safe on the road. Things can easily go wrong when are not prepared. Checking to see if your car is in a good driving condition, is always important before you hit the road. Here are a few things to check before you leave home at the service station.

Check the oil and water

This is very important as it can spare you a lot of pain in the long run. Unfortunately many drivers neglect getting it checked. Serious issues can arise when your car loses water and engine oil. The best part about the check is that you can do it at any service station and you can do it every time you full up your tank. Also make sure to check other vehicle fluids that may need to be replaced, like engine coolant.

Check the tyres

This is also one of the things driver neglect. A lot of the time people just drive around town during According to Mohammed Bhamjee of Tyrerack Namibia tyres should be check when you drive to a place with a different atmospheric pressure. He says altitude and temperature can make a big difference on tyres.

“It is recommended that you always measure your that you always measure your tyre pressure at the same time of the day and always before you get heat into them,” Mohammed says.


There are a lot of small things that makes your car run smoothly, this includes a lot of belts. These belts do a lot of work and can easily become worn down. It is always safe bet to get them checked before travelling. Buy a few extra belts and keep them in the car, especially if you are going to travel to remote regions.

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Check your batter.

Batteries are not made to last forever. It has to be changed from time to time, so it is important to make sure you know when it expires and when it will need to be replaced.

Go for a service or check up

A simple and quick check up can easily help you avoid unnecessary problems. Make sure your vehicle has been serviced on time, especially before you leave for a vacation. A mechanic will make sure the vehicle is in a good running condition and replace all the necessary parts.

When you go on a trip make sure you have extra spare parts, water, oil and petrol if you are travelling to places without service stations. The most important thing to put on your checklist is good music and food; it will make the trip worthwhile.