During the holiday season, there is an influx of vehicles on the road as many people travel home, visit family and go on vacations. This is why regular vehicle maintenance is essential and visiting your nearest service centre becomes crucial. This is to avoid any roadside electrical or mechanical faults which could have been avoided.
While accidents can happen anytime, it's essential to adhere to the rules of the road as well as consider these driving tips.
One of the most essential actions to take when travelling is ensuring the roadworthiness of your vehicle beforehand. Has it been well maintained including receiving a major or minor service? If it has, then you’re good to go. However, if it hasn’t, it's best to visit your local service centre and enquire about what it requires. As a rule of thumb, a vehicle should be serviced either every 100 00km or 15000 km, especially when it's still “new” or if you’re looking to maintain its current value.
Minor and major services will range from engine oil to brake pad replacement and even installation of new parts where applicable. Auto Pedigree has service centres nationally to visit for check-in and tune-up before hitting the road. They will look into services such as your tyres, their pressure, tire thread as well as an oil change, exhaust systems and spark plugs amongst other vehicle services.
Always record these services on your vehicle’s service book as this comes in handy when you’re looking to trade it in. A well-serviced vehicle is less likely to break down. Plan your trip and the route you’ll be taking to give yourself ample time for rest in between the drive. This is a great way to be vigilant of your surrounding. Whether it's during the day or at night, knowing if the road ahead is prone to animal crossing, potholes or a hot spot will assist in understanding the speed limit you need to drive in.
Here are some mandatory basic safety rules:
Keep to the speed limit.
Do not drink and drive.
Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Always wear a seatbelt as should all other passengers.
Always secure infants under the age of 12 months in a rear-facing car seat in the back of a car.
If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, visit any Auto Pedigree service centre for minor or major services. We service all brands and models.