Over the next week tens of thousands of Australians will get behind the wheel of their car and head off on a road trip.
That makes today a great time to check over your car to make sure everything is ready to go.
But what to check? We reckon there are five main things to focus on…
Five-Point Vehicle Check:
Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Hot weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance.
Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
Your coolant should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles.
If you haven’t got time to do that, or have it done, before you set off, when the engine is cold, check to ensure that your coolant levels are where they should be.
Most cars have a coolant reservoir bottle located under the bonnet, check to ensure the water/coolant is at the correct level.
And, be sure to not head off if there are any signs of water leaks from your heater and cooling system hoses (a low coolant level could be a sign of trouble).
Check the tyre tread depth and tyre pressure (when the tyres are cold).
You should always be diligent about changing the oil at recommended intervals, regardless you need to make sure your engine has the correct amount of oil inside.
Check your oil when the engine is cold, and the car is parked on a flat surface.
When it rains at this time of year in Australia, well, it normally really rains!
Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced.
When changing the blades, have the windshield wiper system nozzles cleaned and adjusted if necessary, and check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir too.