By Motlagae Konyana
Driving away this long weekend easter holiday and you are stressing? Don’t worry we have compiled a list of what to pack and checklist for your vehicle.
Ensure that your vehicle is road worthy and ready to travel to your destination.
- Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy before departure.
- All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
- Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your easter holiday travels!
- Do not overload your vehicle.
- Have a good rest before you embark on your journey.
- Avoid eating heavy meals before your journey as they cause fatigue
- Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km
- Avoid having sex before your journey it could cause fatigue
- Do not drink and drive – . If you intend to consume alcohol make alternative arrangements so you will not be behind the wheel.
- Remain alert at all times and avoid Driver Distractions such as cellular conversations, texting etc!
- Be responsible with seatbelt wearing – Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
- Keep your petrol tank full – in case evacuation is needed.
- Do not drive through a flooded area – Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control and possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded – Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
- Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
- Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
- Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
- Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
- Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
- Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
- Oil – check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
- Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
- Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
- Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
Defensive Driving Behaviour
- Drive defensively! Risk takers are collision makers!
- Avoid all distractions -Keep both eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel!
- Be visible – drive with your lights on!
- Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
- Stay within the speed limit at all times.