How to prepare for a road trip
Working in the automotive industry, I often find that I am the “go to guy” for my friends when they have a question on anything motoring and how to prepare for a road trip is a common ask.
One of my friends is embarking on a road trip across Australia and asked what he needed to do and take. Our country is huge.To put it in perspective, to drive from Perth to Sydney, is the equivalent of driving from London to Moscow. You would certainly want to pack a cut lunch or two.
Well I’m not a mechanic, but I have internet access. So I embarked on a bit of research for not only my friend’s benefit, but my benefit also.
Whilst not comprehensive, here a few things you might consider in the event of an unplanned challenge on your journey. I also recommend that you have your car serviced and if that isn’t possible, at least get a safety check before you go.
Some things to check:
- Check the fuel, oil and radiator coolant levels and take backup for peace of mind.
- Check your tyres and spare and ensure they have the right pressure in them.
- Check over radiator hoses and other rubber hoses for cracks or degradation.
- Check under car for leaks.
- Check fan belts for tightness, crack or degradation.
Some things to take:
- Water for drinking and also for windscreen washers or radiator.
- A jack and a pump
- Tyre inflation kit
- Adjustable wrench
- Set of screwdrivers
- Set of ring spanners
- Wheel brace and levers
- Wooden or metal base to support jack if on soft or unstable ground.
Some other things to consider to take if you are going to remote areas:
- Spare top and bottom radiator hose
- Spare fan belts
- A couple of spare spark plugs
- Tow rope
- Torch with spare batteries
- Small shovel and axe
Whilst this isn’t a comprehensive list, hopefully it will provide a starting point as you plan your trip.
And when you get back from your great journey, and need bush scratches or stone chips attended to, don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 283 333.