The year is winding down and families are looking forward to getting together over the festive season. If travelling, you need to make sure your vehicle is in sound condition, says Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI).
He says car problems can put a serious spoke in the wheel for motorists on a road trip.
“To ensure you reach your destination safely and are not a hazard to other road users, it is very important to check several components on your car before locking up the house and hitting the road.”
Ranft says the risk of road accidents increases over the festive season, with the most common causes being speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving, driving while tired and driving under the influence.
“Add to these a car which has smooth tyres, broken wipers or mechanical problems and there is real cause for concern.
“We urge all motorists to take responsibility for their own and other road users’ safety this festive season by adhering to the rules of the road and having any car issues attended to before undertaking their trip.”
These are the 5 most important pre-trip checks to do:
Ranft reminds motorists to have two emergency triangles in the boot, the contact number of their insurance for roadside assistance and to keep an emergency kit in the car, with things like jumper cables, thermal blankets, first aid supplies, bottled water and a flashlight.
“Also, let your loved ones know when you leave, where you are going and when you arrive safely. No matter whether it is a long or short trip, expect the unexpected when travelling. It is always better to be safe than sorry and be prepared for any type of emergency.
“A reliable car starts with regular maintenance at an accredited workshop. Most offer free holiday checks and now would be a good time to book your car in for one,” he concludes.