If you've ever been in a vehicle that has broken down, you'll probably find yourself making a mental note to take your set of wheels to the car service centre more often.
Sometimes there are just some things you can't avoid when driving out on the roads, such as tyre punctures, traffic accidents, windscreen cracks and dead batteries.
The average age of vehicles in Australia is 10 years, and you’d know, more things can go wrong the older your car gets. So to save needing to be waving down motorists on the side of the road, there are some steps you can take to prepare yourself for such situations.
Make sure to pack these items in your car - especially if you're planning a lengthy drive or a road trip!
You never know when you may encounter a fire, and you have the potential to save lives simply by having a fire extinguisher and blanket stored in your car.
Motor vehicle extinguishers are usually pretty compact and can be tucked away in your boot.
In the case of a fire breaking out in your car, ensure to have all your passengers evacuated and attempt to call the fire service first.
Pull the pin of your extinguisher and hold upright to keep small, contained fires from growing. Also use your extinguisher to create a safe path for you and your passengers from the vehicle.
Mobile phones, laptops and tablets can only stay alive for so long before their battery runs out, so always keep a road map in your car.
This will save you from driving in circles and wasting valuable gas. The traditional form of GPS won't let you down.
When your car breaks down, you know it is probably going to be when you’re the least prepared, or most inappropriately dressed to be taking the role of roadside mechanic.
A simple spare rag is there to help you clean your hands of the surprising amount of grease and dirt you end up covered in.
Easy to forget, but also good to have in your car: a rain poncho, drinking water, non-perishable snacks, baby wipes or hand sanitiser, sunscreen, bug spray and last but not least: toilet paper. But maybe the most important is to bring your car in for a regular check up and prevent breaking down. Make sure you see our friendly service advisors at our service centres in Moorooka, Springwood or Browns Plains.
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