With the beginning of the final quarter of 2017 and the holidays not too far away, packing your vehicle for road-trips and vacations can be somewhat tricky and can compromise safety. Here are a few tips for safe packing methods and preparing for unforeseen hiccups along the way.
• CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE:
Make sure your tyre pressure is adjusted according to the manufacturer’s specs. Remember that the tyre is the only part of the car that touches the ground, therefore, it is essential to have these in tip-top shape.
• DRIVE SLOWER:
Remember that your stopping distances will increase exponentially and that a heavy car has more momentum than an unladen one.
• IS THE LOAD SECURE?
Make sure items won’t be rolling around – keep them safe and secure.
• HEAVY ITEMS:
Load heavy items first – this helps with stability and more predictable handling of the car. Be sure to distribute the weight evenly. For example, don’t have heavy suitcases on the left side and pillows on the right.
• REARVIEW MIRROR:
Keep your rear view mirror as clear as possible from obstacles. More visibility is always better.
• PLAN FOR A PUNCTURE:
How will you get to your spare tyre or jack if you have a puncture? You very well might have to unpack the car, but make it as easy as possible for yourself.
• FEW LOOSE ITEMS:
Consolidate your bags so they’re easy to load and unload.
• ROOF RACK:
This is the best place to put bulky but light items, like pillows. Remember to keep to the weight and size specified on the rack.
• SPEED BUMPS:
Take them slowly! Your suspension has less ability to soak up bumps and could be damaged. Slow and steady wins the race in this case.
Always inspect your vehicle for visible faults and defects before embarking on any journey. It is advisable to service your vehicle at an approved and accredited service centre to ensure all work carried out is of the highest quality and workmanship and only original parts are fitted. Visit CMH Suzuki Umhlanga service centre for the very best in service and price. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. Call us on 0816473558 or follow this link.
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