There are tens of thousands of Australians looking forward to jumping into their cars and hitting the highways over the coming Christmas period.
But just imagine if you run into serious car trouble, hundreds of kilometres from home and when most mechanics are also enjoying some well-deserved ‘R & R’.
The non-profit Car Care Council however says that you can safeguard yourself against holiday road trip problems if you act now.
The three Ps to save money and avoid breakdowns:
Conduct a pre-trip vehicle inspection. If you find your vehicle needs repairs, be sure to address them in a timely manner so they can be performed by a trusted technician before your journey.
While it may be tempting to put off repairs until after the holidays, it is not worth the risk and added expense of more extensive work down the road.
The last thing any driver needs is to break down in hot, harsh summer weather. A pre-summer vehicle check is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the heat as well as costly emergency towing and repairs.
Before traveling longer distances, plan your route and drive sensibly to achieve better fuel economy.
Pack a road emergency kit, including jumper cables, a road atlas, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, non-perishable food and blankets, and be sure mobile phone is fully charged.
“Taking proactive steps to prepare, prevent and plan in advance of your holiday road trip will help you avoid the hassle and expense of unplanned car trouble away from home,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.