On the road during lockdown

Here's what motorists should know.

Meet Smokey Nagata

The man behind the legendary twin-turbo V12 Toyota Supra build.

Have you thought about your pre-holiday car check yet?

2018-09-26 11:58

KNOW YOUR SOUNDS: If you know what the weird sounds your vehicle is making mean, you could save yourself a lot of heartache.

Every year hundreds of accidents happen on our roads during the holiday season. 

With December and third-term school holidays, Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliate association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says now is the time to get your pre-holiday vehicle checks done before the last-minute scramble begins.
Ranft said: "Every year workshops get flooded in November and December with motorists wanting vehicle checks and needing repairs just days before they plan to leave on holiday. 

"What motorists don’t realise is that should maintenance be needed on their vehicle and spare parts are not in stock, these need to be ordered. This could take several days, if they are available at all. It is risky leaving things to the last minute and could put a real dampener on holiday plans." 

He explains that mechanics should do a thorough check of the vehicle which will include a road test and an assessment of the following parts:

• Lights
• Suspension
• Drive lines
• Brakes
• Tyres, including the spare and tools
• Fluid levels
• Wipers and windscreen
• V Belts, and
• Exhaust

                                                                         Image: iStock

If a problem is identified, the mechanic will be able to advise the vehicle owner and provide a quote for repairs needed. 

Ranft said: "There are MIWA-accredited workshops around the country that will do an excellent job of getting your vehicle holiday ready. What’s important is booking for your service now – even if you only take the car in in a few weeks’ time. 

"Rather schedule it in now so you remember to do it ahead of the holiday time.

"There’s nothing worse than having your holiday plans delayed or cancelled because of car issues. Don’t wait until November or December. Get organised now." 

Read more on:    south africa  |  road trip  |  holiday

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.