The great Australian road trip is every person’s right of passage. It’s a chance to truly explore the beautiful scenery we are lucky enough to inhabit. The untouched beaches, blood red sunsets and vibrant outback are but a few of the natural wonders we are blessed with. However, the Australian land is as harsh as it is beautiful, and thus it needs to be treated with respect. So you don’t run into any troubles, we’ve collated 7 things that you need to do before embarking on your next great Australian road trip.
- Check up on maintenance and repairs
Just like your doctor or dentist checkups, your car needs to have regularly scheduled maintenance appointments. If you stay on top of this, you can check this off the list and move on to the next point. If you are like the rest of us, get your owner’s manual out and give the mobile mechanics on the Gold Coast a call.
- Check your car’s fluids
It’s absolutely vital that you check and replace your car’s fluids before embarking on a road trip. These include checking and changing your oil, coolant and washer fluid.
- Check your tyres
A crucially important safety feature, tyres are one of the most common sources of trouble on a long road trip. You can avoid calling roadside services for a flat tyre by quickly and efficiently checking the air in your tyres before you leave.
- Plan your road trip schedule
There’s no point going on a road trip if you have no destination! Pick your destination, and once that’s done you’ll be able to plan what attractions and rest stops you will make on the way. It’s also a good idea to plan where you’ll be stopping to get fuel, so you don’t accidentally break down.
- Pack an emergency kit
Before you embark on a long trip, it’s important to have a few key emergency items packed, just in case of disaster. These should include but are not limited to: a set of jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight, blankets, baby wipes, paper towels, and a small tool kit. You may not need to use all of these items on your road trip, but if the unlikely chance comes up that you do, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you were prepared!
- Make a playlist
Good music transforms any average situation into a fantastic one. Make sure you create a playlist well and truly long enough to last the road trip. Include lots of different genres, moods and musical eras, so you can suit any moment. Also, remember to download the playlist offline so you don’t use up all your mobile data playing tunes!
- Pack plenty of drinking water, food and essentials
It’s important to pack more than enough reserve water, food and essentials such as toilet paper, as well as any toiletries and medication you may need. You never know when you’ll break down, have an accident or come across others that may need to utilize your reserve supplies!
So before you throw your rucksack into the car and head off into the unknown, make sure you adhere to these 7 helpful tips to make your next adventure a safe one. Happy road tripping!