BE­FORE YOU GO:

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Joy Twala, owner of Supa Quick in Katle­hong, shares safety tips that’ll have you ready to han­dle any­thing be­fore and dur­ing your trip:

1. Check for any ob­vi­ous leaks. Slide un­der­neath your car and scan for any sus­pi­cious drops or liq­uids.

2. Top up brake flu­ids. Check that the brake fluid, oil and wa­ter are lev­elled up. Brakes that aren’t well lu­b­i­crated mean the car won’t be able to come to a halt ef­fec­tively.

3. Check the tyres. SA’s law stip­u­lates the min­i­mum tread count for a tyre must be 1.6 mm. If needs be, re­place them be­fore your trip.

4. Go for a road­wor­thy test. Pro­fes­sion­als will test your shock ab­sorbers, sus­pen­sion, wheel align­ment, bat­tery and tyre in­fla­tion to en­sure your car is safe to drive.

5. In­spect the lights. Let some­one stand be­hind the car and check while you switch on the en­gine, step on the brake pedal, get into the re­verse gear and light both in­di­ca­tors. Re­peat in the front.

6. Un­der­stand your dash­board. Don’t ig­nore any flash­ing icons or beep­ing sounds — have them checked out.

7. Get out of the car at ev­ery pit stop. Stretch and walk around. Rest for 20 min­utes.

8. Chat with pas­sen­gers. Sing along to the mu­sic so you re­main alert through­out the trip.

9. Seat ba­bies prop­erly. Ba­bies and tod­dlers must be fit­ted into car seats. Kids must be seated at the back in be­tween two adults and be fully strapped in.

10.Don’t drink and drive. This in­cludes pas­sen­gers, who could dis­tract you.

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