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Every year the number of accidents and fatalities on our roads over long weekends is alarming. “Vehicles that have not been serviced and are not roadworthy attempting to make long road trips are a hazard, not only to the passengers inside them but to other drivers too. A tyre blow-out, for example, can result in pieces of rubber flying up onto the road, hitting other vehicles and causing accidents as drivers swerve to avoid the debris,” says Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an association of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI).
He is urging all vehicle owners planning a trip for the long weekend to get their vehicles checked and serviced now. “Leaving it until a day or two before departure is not a good idea. 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,” says Ranft.
During a service, mechanics will do a thorough check of the vehicle which will include a road test and an assessment of the following parts:
• Drive lines
• Tyres, including the spare and tools
• Fluid levels
• Wipers and windscreen
• V Belts, and
If a problem is identified, the mechanic will be able to advise the vehicle owner and provide a quote for repairs needed. Ranft strongly recommends using an accredited workshop.
“Don’t wait. Get your vehicle in tip top condition now,” he concludes.