Don’t Let A Car Breakdown Ruin Your Holiday


It is always important to maintain and service your vehicle. It is even more important if you plan to take a road trip.

More people than ever before are travelling by car on holiday weekends. The weather is often unpredictable and drivers routinely speed to arrive at their destinations on time.

Either of these factors makes driving more stressful and increases the chance of a breakdown or car accident.

Keep Yourself And Your Family Safe

If you keep your car in good shape and take precautions, you’ll be better able to avoid car accidents and get yourself and your family to your destination safely.

Having your brakes in good condition makes It easier to stop suddenly if you have to. Having properly inflated tyres makes it less likely that one will go flat if you hit a hole in the road. Proper fluid levels keep your engine cool and running smoothly.

A Service Appointment May Just Brighten Your Holiday

Think about booking a service appointment as soon as possible. One of the busiest times for mechanics is right before holiday travel dates.  Have your mechanic:

  • Test your brakes and top-off fluids
  • Rotate your tyres and check pressure and alignment
  • Replace tyres that show damage, excessive wear or worn treads
  • Make sure that your spare tyre is in good condition and ready for emergency use
  • Replace worn wiper blades and add washer fluid
  • Inspect the battery for corrosion and check the charge
  • Change oil that is appropriate for the season.

So, if you’re wondering how to avoid potential car accidents during your trip, taking the time to run through the above list will help get your holiday off to a great start.

Broke Down? Follow These Car Safety Tips!

Statistics show that when a driver has pulled off the road due to a breakdown, it is more likely that the car will be struck by a passing vehicle or other accidents will happen.

Gawking drivers who slow down to see what is going on also cause accidents by disrupting traffic. Also, other drivers could easily hit your car if you haven’t completely pulled off the road.

Be safe while waiting for help to arrive. Observe the following safety measures:

  • Engage your hazard lights and pull over to the side of the road
  • If a dedicated emergency break-down area is not available, make sure your vehicle is off the road completely
  • If daylight is fading, turn on your headlights
  • Only exit your vehicle on the passenger side and stay off the road
  • If you need to cross the road, look for a safe place to do so
  • Always remain behind a safety barrier if there is one
  • Use your mobile phone to seek assistance
  • If you have a flat tyre, it is a much safer to call for help than change it yourself.

Be cautious and remain vigilant at all times, particularly if you have children with you. Keep the kids away from the road.

Many accidents and injuries can be avoided if you stop, think and then act.

If you are injured or hurt during your road trip, contact Taylor & Scott. We are Sydney’s leading and most experienced personal injury lawyers.

We have been been helping our clients win difficult personal injury claims since 1905.

One of our experienced lawyers will be happy to provide a no-obligation free initial assessment of your case, drawing on the firm’s century of legal experience.


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