Gearing up for your next road trip? Get your car ready with this simple checklist.
Once upon a time you had to outsource many tasks that are now DIY-able through the power of technology.
Leon Saliba, Co-Founder of Sparesbox.com.au, says this is a crucial time of year to prep your car; ahead of the holidays when drivers are more likely to travel long distances with their nearest and dearest.
“There are infinite online videos which are great for empowering drivers with ‘how to,’ it’s also important for drivers to understand why it’s crucial to prep their car – this knowledge makes you think twice about overlooking the basics that could potentially ruin your holiday!”
Sparesbox is the fastest growing auto tech company in the country, but Saliba says the backbone of the business is still traditional automotive expertise.
“Every driver should make these checks on their car to ensure optimum safety when driving as well as saving you money.”
The Sparesbox team of car experts recommend the following:
Aside from being unsafe, if your tyre pressure isn’t correct, it will hit you in the pocket: “When your tyre pressure is too low it creates more friction, which requires more fuel; on a long road trip, this adds up to more money dropped on petrol station fill-ups”, says Saliba.
“Double check your back-tyre pressure, particularly if you have a front-wheel drive. You are more likely to notice if your front tyres are low as your car steering is connected to them, the back tyres are effectively dragged by the front, so it’s harder to detect when they’re low.”
Another hot tip from Sparesbox is to check your tyre pressure when your tyres are cold as the reading is less accurate when they’re hot from driving: “Don’t check your tyres after you’ve been driving for a while, it can alter the reading by up to 10%. A good time is first thing in the morning at a petrol station close to your home.”
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Wiper Blades are easily sun-damaged and in summer months if they haven’t been used in a while it’s easy to forget to check them: “You will quickly realise when your vision is impaired by a smudged windscreen that you should have changed your wipers or topped up your washer fluid.”
Changing your wipers is simple, even if you don’t know what type of wipers you need, you can go to sparesbox.com.au, add in your car details and you will only see the items that fit your car, and you can get them delivered direct!
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Engine Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It is responsible for keeping your engine lubricated so that each component can work seamlessly to keep your engine running properly.
“In the same was as you go to the dentist annually but brush your teeth daily, you should expect to service your car annually and top-up your engine oil regularly – think of it as brushing your teeth.”
Low engine oil levels put unnecessary stress and wear and tear on the engine, “it will end up leading to a root canal of a service which could have been prevented with a regular oil top-up!” says Saliba, of sparesbox.com.au.
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Even the least savvy driver knows brakes are important for the obvious safety reasons, you know if they’re working or not.
“Brakes are a hydraulic system and due to different environmental factors and over time, brake fluid levels deteriorate, it’s worth checking to see the last time your brake fluid was changed before going on a long trip”
You should be able to see this information in your vehicles logbook service report.
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Service Your Car
Last, but certainly not least, make sure your car is up to date with scheduled servicing before you hit the open road this summer. Servicing your car can be an expensive and confusing task that is often fraught with confusion (and anger), but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what needs to be done before dropping your car off for a service is the key to eliminating nasty surprises when it comes time to pay.
Sparesbox Co-Founder Leon Saliba concedes that car servicing is one of the final frontiers that consumers are still overcoming when it comes to dark arts and rip off artists.
“There is a lack of transparency in that market about what parts really cost and various other things related to what work might need to be done. We are part of the emerging ‘do it for me’ market, we are using technology to demystify the process and provide parts that are suitable for vehicles at a reasonable price.”