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12 things to know before a road trip

Forgetting to bring the jack or checking on your spare tyre can quickly turn from what was supposed to be a fun family road trip into your worst nightmare. We have compiled a list of car related checks for you to do before, during and after your trip so it becomes a great memory.

Source: https://www.deansautoglass.com.au/blog/automotive/ready-check-and-go/

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2: Check your tyres, don’t forget the spare!

2: Check your tyres, don’t forget the spare!

When assessing your tyres, make sure each tyre has the correct amount of air pressure and have sufficient treading. Where can you find your car's ideal air pressure you might ask? You can google your car model and get the info or there should be a sticker on the inside of the driver's door.

Spend a few minutes at any local service station and inflate or deflate your tyres at any local service station for free.

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Inspect your windscreen

Inspect your windscreen

Inspect your windscreen for any chips or cracks. If you spot any, then ask for quotes to repair or replace your windscreen before you head off. Driving with cracks compromise your window /windscreen strength. With cracks, you increase your chance of having it chattered the next time a rock or any other obstacle meet it.
Make sure your windscreen wipers are working and that the washing liquid has been topped up.

If you haven’t already, consider getting your car windows tinted which help block out the sun’s harmful UV rays by up to 99%, reduce your car's energy usage, and lower the interiors temperature.

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Get the maps - saved them on your phone and get the printed ones

Get the maps - saved them on your phone and get the printed ones

It might sound silly as you would really quickly think: I don't need these, I have google maps and my phone but consider a few things here if you are on the road far from any Australian city and under the sun:

  • what if your phone runs out of battery? - the printed maps can save you from a lot of trouble and headaches.
  • what if you run out of data or worse: get no reception whatsoever? you can save maps from Google maps and have an offline version so you have access to the info you need - roads and establishments along your way.
Considering Tinting Your Car Windows? Check the Laws First - Deans Auto Glass

One of the best way to beat the heat and reduce sun glare is to get your windows tinted. It only takes a few hours and the rewards are big.
Getting your car windows tinted seems like an easy enough task but are you familiar with your state laws and regulations on window tinting?

One Car Stolen Every Ten Minutes - Stay safe

There are many ways a thief can steal your car, especially now with keyless remote technology opening up a gateway for hackers. When you are on the road, your vehicle is probably the most valuable thing you would own. So how does one protect their vehicle?

Driving Tips To Beat The Heat

Driving in extreme heat can pose significant challenges and risks, all the more in Summer in Australia. By taking a few simple precautions we can ensure your safety and comfort is optimal this summer. It's not all about blasting the AC as this will cost you down the line if you are away for a long trip.

Stay connected deep in the outback

If you are planning a trip or regularly travel through our great outback then you should consider the Cel-Fi-Go Mobile Repeater.
It is designed to dramatically boost signal strength, voice quality and increase data speeds for moving vehicle applications Cel-Fi-Go is a must-have.

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1: Check all fluids of your car

1: Check all fluids of your car

Make sure to check that all the fluids that help your car actually function are topped off, including the engine oil, radiator coolant, brake fluid, and fuel. Don't overlook the windscreen wash liquid as it will be a very handy friend when you cross over dirty road or areas full of bugs.

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Get your car serviced by a professional

Get your car serviced by a professional

To ensure your safety of your passengers and yourself, get your mechanic to do a car service with a full comprehensive safety check at least 2 weeks prior to your road trip. This is to make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape and to identify any issues before hitting the open road.

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Plan the outline of your trip & share it

Plan the outline of your trip & share it

You don't have to plan every single hour of your trip but have a rough idea of when you will leave, when you want to arrive and where you would stay in between. Where will you sleep? What do you actually want to see, eat and so on. It will help with the flow during your trip.
If you are going on a really long trip, don't forget to share this info with friends and family so if anything happens to you, they have some info to rely on and communicate with the police (fingers crossed it won't get to that!)

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Make your trip more comfortable

Make your trip more comfortable

If you're planning a trip in Summer or in a hot country like Australia, consider tinting the windows of your car. It will not only make your car AC work less to keep your inside fresh, il will also protect you from bad UVs and make your ride more enjoyable. Don't forget to pack some water and food so your mood stay up no matter how many you've been on the road.

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Get some spares

Get some spares

You might think of a spare tyre as an evidence but that's not the only spare you should have. Get a spare water tank and a spare fuel tank for your car for emergencies. It might sound overboard but It's better to be safe than sorry. You can find spare water and fuel tanks in many autoshops. Get the one that suit you the best.