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Things to Check Before Going on a Road Trip

man checking a tyre

There’s something special about making memories with family or friends whilst driving through Australia’s vast array of highways and freeways, hopping from town to town until you reach your final destination. Exploring our great country by road allows you to see all the sights that make Australia so unique. However, before you hit the road there’s a few simple things you should do and check to ensure your journey is a safe and pleasant experience. At Safe T Tyre, your safety is our priority, that’s why we source and supply the best tyre pressure monitoring products at highly competitive prices. Read on for a list of pre-travel checks that you should complete before you go.

Arrange a Professional Service

Ensuring your vehicle is in top condition with a routine service will give you the peace of mind that you won’t be left stranded on the side of the road. The service should at least include an oil change and fluid check, but you should also ask for your air conditioning to be serviced, air filter changed, coolant flushed, and any minor issues be fixed before they turn into major problems along the way.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

It’s always best to prepare for the unlikely event of a breakdown, especially if you are travelling through isolated regional areas where you may be far from help. An emergency kit should include first-aid supplies, but also tools that may come in handy such as:

  • Torch
  • Jumper cables
  • Rope
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Shovel
  • Blankets
  • Rags
  • Duct Tape
  • Tyre sealant

Check Your Tyres

Checking your tyres involves multiple steps.

First, you need to make sure your tyres are in good condition, this means checking that the tread is sufficient and there is no damage to the tyre wall. If you see any wear and tear or if you are concerned about the condition of your tyres, consult your local tyre shop, and see ask if they should be replaced.

Second, ensure the air pressure in your tyres is at the optimal level. You can do this manually at your local service station. To avoid any tyre pressure issues on your road trip, consider installing a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) if your vehicle doesn’t already have one. This will constantly monitor the pressure and alert you to any changes.

Finally, check your spare tyre. The only thing worse than a flat tyre is not having a properly inflated spare tyre to replace it.

Invest in Additional Safety Features

When travelling, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Making a small but important investment into extra safety measures such as rear vision cameras, a first aid kit, and a portable defibrillator can keep you and your family much safer on your getaway and ensure you are prepared for any situation.

Join a Roadside Assistance Program

You can have your vehicle serviced and purchase all the latest safety equipment, but sometimes something unexpected can occur that leaves you needing professional help to get going again. Roadside assistance programs can be an added insurance measure to give you peace of mind while on your journey. If you are already a member of a program, ensure that your membership is paid up and hasn’t expired.

Trust a Safe T Tyre TPMS to Keep Your Car Safe

To ensure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons, make sure you vehicle is in good condition and be prepared for a wide range of scenarios. Safe T Tyre is Australia’s favourite supplier of high-quality tyre pressure monitoring systems. We believe that a reliable tyre pressure monitor should be part of every Australian vehicle, so every driver stays safe by driving on tyres that are properly inflated. Get in touch with us today to purchase a high-quality TPMS or speak with our friendly team by calling 1800 876 700 .