Planning a roadtrip? Make sure your car is roadtrip-worthy October 5th, 2018
Planning a roadtrip? Make sure your car is roadtrip-worthy
When you live in the Western Cape, there’s not much of a need to travel anywhere else in South Africa for a getaway holiday. This province has beaches, mountains, countryside and city life spread all across it. All you need is a car and a GPS to point you in the right direction. Give yourself a few hours on the road and you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different country altogether.
Our east and west coasts are vibrant and home to a variety of marine and wildlife reserves with beach-cottage escapes and cabins in the wood for whichever you prefer. Every little town in the Western Cape has something unique to offer its guests and if you ever wanted to experience South Africa, you should start right here with a roadtrip around your home province.
First thing’s first, you’re going to need a car – luckily there are plenty of cars for sale in the Western Cape – and then you’re going to need to follow the checklist and make sure it’s kitted out for the road ahead.
A roadtrip-worthy car
You’re looking for a reliable car that will be big enough to fit the entire family or gang of friends but that’s also affordable and light on fuel. Your best bet is to look for second-hand cars for sale that are certified and fall within your budget.
And it's worth looking at pre-owned SUV cars for sale because once you’ve seen half of what the Western Cape has to offer, you’re going to want to plan a trip to see what the rest of the country has to offer. And space is precious during a four or more hour drive. Roadtripping is definitely one of the best ways to experience South Africa so it will be worth the investment. And what better way to test your new wheels than with a roadtrip?
Check your tyres
Regardless of whether your vehicle is new or not, you still need to undergo the following checklist before you leave for your roadtrip. You need to do your best to be prepared for all possibilities and that roadtrip-worthy check starts with your tyres.
Make sure your tyres are aligned, the tread is where it should be and that the tyre pressure is right for each tyre. You also need to make sure that you have a roadworthy spare tyre in your boot in the event you puncture your tyre along the way. And to keep tabs on how your tyres are doing and if there are any slow punctures, check your tyre pressure at every petrol station you stop at to refuel.
Oil and water at the ready
While you’re having your tyres checked and filling up your tank, be sure to check your oil and water as well. It would also be a good idea to travel with a spare bottle of water and a tin of the correct engine oil in case there’s a warning light or your car starts overheating on the road in the middle of nowhere.
You shouldn’t continue driving when the low oil or “check your water” lights flicker on the dashboard. It will lead to engine damage, an expensive repair and damper on your road trip plans.
Another thing to check before you leave is your car’s lights. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself driving before the sun comes up and after it’s gone down, which means you’ll need to be visible on the roads. Check that all your lights are working and carry a few spares in your cubby hole.
It’s quite simple to change your car’s lights and driving with them on all the time could lead them to burn out along the way. It's already difficult for some drivers to notice other cars on the road in broad daylight so you don’t want to risk not having your lights flashing and working in the dark.
Air conditioning fuel
Driving in a car filled with people can get stuffy and the air outside won’t always be a refreshing breeze. It would be unfortunate for your car’s air conditioning to run out of gas and not be able to cool everyone down.
Take your car to a vehicle air conditioning specialist and ask them to check the pipes and make sure there are no leaks or blocked filters, and that there is fuel for it to run throughout the duration of your trip.
Because there is a chance that something could go wrong, you need to have a backup-box. To be on the safe side, you will need jumper cables, a tyre-changing toolkit, a first-aid kit, a tow cable, a flashlight and safety cones. You can also include your spares in this “box” such as your spare tyre, spare lights, oils and other car liquids.
The last thing you’ll need to arrange before you leave is a full-valet appointment for your car for when you get back. Roadtrips can be messy, but it’s part of the adventure.