BEFORE YOU GO:
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.