When you’re miles away from home, there’s nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the road after a breakdown or tyre blow out.

If you’re going on a road trip, holiday or even just an outing, it’s very important that you make sure your car is up to date with its services, not only so you stay safe but so you don’t get stuck out in the middle of nowhere.

Downtown Toyota has some simple tips you can follow to make sure your car is in tip top shape when you go on your next trip.

Maintain your car battery

We rely on our car batteries to get us through cold winter morning starts and keep delivering us our vehicle comforts like electric windows, audio and navigation and air conditioning. To avoid a dead battery, and to keep these luxuries, it’s important to remember to turn off your headlights and interior lights when the engine isn’t running and to take your car out for long drives on a regular basis.

Short trips that constantly require the engine to be turned off and restarted will drain your battery.

Don’t be afraid to look under the bonnet

After a while, some of your parts will need replacing due to plain old wear and tear. The best way to ensure trouble-free motoring for years is to develop a habit of regularly checking under the bonnet.

Check the engine oil, coolant, brake, clutch and windscreen washer fluids regularly to ensure that you’re in control to deliver a great driving experience. If you’re unsure how to carry out the checklist, see your Service and Warranty Logbook or ask a Service Advisor for a demonstration at your next scheduled service.

Check your tyre pressure

The correct tyre pressure is vital to keep you in control in all conditions, on or off-road. To locate the correct tyre pressure for your car check the label inside the driver’s door or in your Owner’s Manual.

You should also do a visual check of your tyre pressure every week, and check them with a pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. A tyre pressure gauge and air hose can be found at all petrol stations. And don’t forget to check your spare!

Inspect your lights and indicators

Find the time to walk around your car to check that all lights and indicators are operating. Also, check the service indicators (which should light up on your dash when you start the engine) and horn are operating.

For a full checklist of service items, head to toyota.com.au/owners/service, or visit a Downtown Toyota service department at Morningside or Wynnum today.

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