By Carl Hills, Maintenance Manager
For many of us, summer means holiday road trips and with more freedom on its way, many cars will be out on the NZ roads.
Here are some tips to ensure that you have a safe holiday driving experience, along with latest vehicle safety tips.
1. Create a handy roadside kit
Any car could be vulnerable to a break down, so we recommend you put together a roadside kit for any roadside emergencies. A mobile phone with charging cable is our number one suggestion so you can call for help if you find yourself on the side of the road. Other emergency roadside kit additions could be:
2. Towing a Boat or Trailer?
If you have roof racks and need to secure a load, check the weight capacity of your roof racks, also make sure it is securely fitted to your vehicle, along with recommended straps fitted to secure your load.
When towing a boat or domestic trailer, ensure the WOF and Registration are current and your spare tyre is inflated.
3. Windscreens and wiper blades
Many drivers disregard minor cracks in a windscreen, but it’s a critical mistake and can lead to serious damage and reduced vision when driving. If you have a chip in your windscreen, contact Instant Windscreens.
Check out our blog for more on the importance of windscreen safety here.
After winter and extended lockdowns, windscreen wiper blades may need replacing. Check the vehicles blades for any sign of deterioration on either side. If they are not in great condition it may be best to invest in new blades before you go. To do this, book in with your regular service agent.
4. Is your car due for a service
Keep your vehicles’ servicing up to date with its scheduled servicing intervals as preventative maintenance and the best way to avoid unexpected breakdowns. If you have not kept up your vehicles servicing (as per the manufacturers recommendations) or you are unaware of the vehicles service history, schedule a preventive maintenance checkup with your local service provider before you hit the road.
Don’t forget to have our customer service number handy for any questions or emergencies while out on the road. Save our number to your phone – FleetPartners Customer Service 0800 438 435.
5. Read the vehicles owner manual
By reading your vehicle’s manual, familiarise yourself with any features the vehicle may have — such as antilock brakes and electronic cruise control. It can also help in explaining how features work in extra hot conditions. If you are hiring a car, spend time getting familiar with the vehicle ahead of driving it off the yard.
6. Battery check
Ask your local service provider to check the vehicle battery, charging system, and belts, and ensure they make any necessary repairs or replacements.
7. Vehicle lights
It’s important to make sure all your vehicle lights are in working condition. Make sure you check the headlights, brake lights, indicators, emergency lights, and all interior lighting. Have someone help you when checking the brake lights are fully operational.
8. Tips for tyres
Ensure each of the tyres are filled to the recommended inflation pressure. You can find this information (on the tyre sidewall) in the vehicle’s owner manual or on the sign inside the driver’s door frame. The best time to check the pressure of tyres is when they are cold. Gas expands when they are hot and could potentially give you an inaccurate reading. For more on check out Bridgestone Tyres.
9. Keeping young ones and family safe
MAKE IT CLICK! Everyone needs to wear a seatbelt or buckled up in age appropriate child restraints.
You can see the Government guidelines here.
It is also recommended to spend time making sure you know where petrol stations, bathrooms and rest stops are located throughout your journey.
For further information on driving in the holidays take a look at this article by NZTA.
Call our experienced customer service team with any questions 0800 438 435.