Planning an SA road trip? 20 vehicle checks you must do!

Cape Town - There's nothing quite as exciting as getting ready for a well-deserved holiday with your loved ones during the holidays.

You've checked your luggage, booked the hotel or beach house but sometimes the most critical item is often overlooked until the last minute - your car!

Top car checks:

News24Masterdrive's MD Eugene Herbert shares some important vehicle checks one should perform before embarking on a road trip.

Wheels24: "What are some of the things drivers neglect to check before embarking on a long journey?

Herbert said: ”It’s not about what you don’t do but what you should. There are some things we’d like to encourage drivers to check. 

"The vehicle check we should do to ensure the vehicle can take us from destination A to destination B. We want to ensure the drive itself is safe, and then how we keep the occupants safe - in particular young ones. And if you can do those three things we guarantee you will arrive safely and enjoy your holiday and have the right mindset to return safely.

Herbet says: "If you own an older vehicle, ensure your oil levels are correct, your windscreen washer - because inevitably you’re going to drive behind a truck or something is going to throw up some dirt and you put the washers on and you land up with a smudged screen. So ensure your water level is topped up.

Here are some more holiday tips from MasterDrive:

What to check?

"Take the long walk around the car and go to the opposite side of the vehicle", says Herbert. "On my approach to the vehicle I would have checked underneath to ensure there are no hazards. I do a quick walk-around 10-15 seconds that enables me to check my tyres are ok; the licence disc is valid so I don’t get pulled over; the left rear tyre is suited, windscreen washer for the rear is working; the right rear and the front tyre is in good position. 

"A good measure is to check that you have a spare wheel and that it is in place and that its correctly inflated."

Released on: www.wheels24.co.za