You may think you have an exceptionally reliable car, however vehicles don't stay that way on their own.
As with any piece of equipment or machinery, maintain and care for your vehicle and it will generally return the favour.
If you have a minor problem with your vehicle now, there’s a much higher probability that it will develop into something more in warmer temperatures.
A car engine usually operates at around 95°C, depending on the make and model. When that same vehicle is loaded with your family, friends and camping gear, and is crawling its way up a steep hill in 30°C plus heat (if we're that lucky!), then this will be the time that problems may occur, so let's tackle vehicle maintenance beforehand and prevent a breakdown.
Consider a pre-trip inspection by an MTA technician; repairs can be more costly on the road. Ask them to check things like the air conditioning, cooling system, drive belts, hoses and clamps, brakes, along with the fundamentals like fluids, oil and water. High temperatures can also be hard on your battery – get it checked to ensure your car will last the distance.
In warmer weather many New Zealanders take off into the back and beyond, to escape the hustle and bustle, enjoying our incredible scenery. This could mean your car tackles gravel roads and beach terrain - there may not be too many passers-by and what happens if your cell phone won't work? An emergency kit is a very useful thing to have.
Warmer weather and busier roads equal greater stress for you and your car. Be aware of the risks, drive to the conditions, exercise patience and everyone can be a little safer on the roads.
NZTA provide great information when it comes to your vehicle, so we've replicated their basic safety checks - you can do once a month and before your next roadie.
Here we try to break down the why, how, what and clear some of the confusion around putting fuel into the tank.