The Ultimate Vehicle Holiday Checklist
Preparing for an end of the year road trip is often filled with boundless excitement, whether you are in your twenties or pushing 40, the thought of leaving behind the grinding working year can fill many a heart with pure bliss.
For a student packing into a car with their besties preparing for the ultimate selfie vacation to a parent of three rounding up all the kids for their first family holiday, a road trip through sunny SA is most definitely bucket list worthy.
Roads trip routes like The Panorama Route from Graskop through to Blyde River Canyon or Clarence Drive from Gordon’s Bay to Rooi-Els, will leave you marvelling in the unspoilt beauty of South Africa. Whichever route you choose, Nissan has the vehicle to suit you and your road trip companions, ensuring you have a truly memorable vacation.
So, to kick off a road trip of a lifetime, you’ll need one major piece to the road trip puzzle: The Ultimate Vehicle Holiday Checklist!
The Ultimate Vehicle Holiday Checklist:
- Check that your vehicle and drivers’ licences have not expired.
- Have a spare key for your car made (if you do not have one) and take it with you.
- Practice defensive driving by maintaining the proper following distance of 3-4 seconds behind other vehicles. Determining a 3-second following distance is quite simple. Pick a road sign or landmark that’s ahead. Once the vehicle in front of you passes it, start counting until you have passed the road sign or land mark as well. If it’s less than 3-seconds, you’re in trouble. It’s 3 seconds or more, you’re doing great.
- Prepare a road safety kit: flashlight, reflective triangle, jumper cables, an inflated spare wheel, a wheel jack and a spanner.
- Bring along a first aid kit, bottled water, snacks, a power bank for your cellphone and a printed map in case your GPS fails.
- Make sure that you have the relevant emergency numbers and roadside assistance stored on your cellphone, as well as a printed copy of it.
- Have a car inspection before your road trip: check the tyre pressure of your wheels (including your spare tyre), your oil, water and that you have a full tank of petrol or diesel.
- Learn how to change a tyre for those moments when you might not be able to reach roadside assistance.
- Make sure that you are well rested before your trip, and if possible try to share the driving with another licenced driver.
- Last, but not least, buckle up and listen to the sweet sounds of your road trip playlist.
With those 10 items checked off on The Ultimate Road Trip Checklist, you’re destined to feel the fresh air with more emphasis than before. After all, when you’re the proud owner of a Nissan vehicle and living in South Africa, a land pronounced with natural beauty, you’re destined to have great adventures.