We know about the frustrations of vehicles and break downs. We've been providing roadside assistance for over 20 years. We understand that a break down is not anyone’s fault. It just happens whether your car is big, small, old or new. At the beach, at home, in the outback or at work, you never know where or when your vehicle will break down, it just does. That’s why we have an extensive network of providers that ensure our customers are quickly attended to, even in the outback. But we also want to make sure you and your family stay safe on the road, so we've prepared some tips to help keep your vehicle maintained.

Keeping your vehicle safe on the road

Let’s be honest, we get caught up in life and forget to look after our vehicle. We just use it to get from A to B. But when was the last time you checked your oil? Tyre pressure? Or even booked it in for a service?

Doing regular routine safety checks on your vehicle could save you from a blown out tyre or damage to your engine. All these things can mean a massive dent on your finances too. Here are some basic safety checks to help keep your vehicle safe.

  • Check your oil level on a weekly basis.

  • Is your horn working? You might just need it. Check the operation of your horn, indicators, headlights, brake lights and tail lights. These could help you avoid an accident.

  • Check for any damage on your windscreen. This includes chips which can lead to nasty irreparable cracks and replacement costs.

  • Don’t be caught with a dirty windscreen, it impairs your vision. Check the operation of your windscreen wipers and ensure the rubbers are not damaged and are in good working order. Also check the water level in your windscreen washer reservoir.

  • Check tyre pressures regularly and ensure they meet manufacturer’s specifications and legal limits.

  • Check the operation of your handbrake and braking system.

  • Seatbelts are lifesavers. How’s yours? Check the condition of all seat belts, not just the driver’s belt. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure the safety of their passengers.

  • Have you checked the radiator coolant level lately? Most modern vehicles have a coolant reservoir which will show the minimum and maximum levels to refill.

  • Check the general condition of your battery and also the electrolyte level. Some batteries are maintenance free however ensuring the terminals are free from corrosion and are tightly fitted is paramount to keeping your battery lasting for a long time.

Going somewhere?

There’s a lot to prepare when going on a long road journey. So don’t forget to check one of the most important things—your vehicle.

We recommend that you have a thorough safety inspection by a qualified technician prior to any long distance travel. Having a technician bring to your attention any worn or unserviceable items may save you a lot of money down the track, and it just may save you breaking down while on your journey.

Looking after your vehicle is like looking after your health. You need to constantly check it’s in good condition.  So it is good policy to check your engine oil weekly, maybe when you refuel your vehicle. Make sure your engine is warm and the vehicle is located on a level surface. Remove the dipstick and check that the oil is located between the minimum and maximum levels located on the dipstick.

Don’t forget the important items that make your vehicle move. Your tyres. Checking your car’s tyre pressure regularly not only ensures the safety of you and your passengers but it will also extend the life of the tyre. A good tip is to check your tyre pressure each time you refuel your car.