The festive season is nearly here, and many South Africans are preparing for their December travels.
Whether you’re driving down to Durban to relax on the beach, or visiting the Drakensberg to enjoy its sweeping vistas, it is important that you are prepared for the road trip that will get you there.
To help you on your journey, Midas has compiled a helpful list of everything you need to remember as you prepare for long drives this December – and launched a great December promotion to make it more affordable to stock up the required automotive essentials.
Pre-inspection is essential
You should pre-inspect your vehicle before beginning your travels – such as checking your oil and water levels, as well as the tread on your tyres.
It is vital to check your vehicle and trailer’s spare tyre, this is your only backup when you encounter tyre damage beyond repair.
These checks should only take a few minutes, and are crucial to ensuring a safe trip.
If you find any issues with your car during your pre-inspection, be sure to visit your local Midas store to get the right replacement part at the right price.
Prepare your supplies
Before you leave, you must also pack supplies and emergency tools that can help you if you run into any issues.
- Jumper cables
- A mini compressor
- Tyre fix
- Extra water (ideally 5 litres)
- A small toolbox
- An emergency triangle
- A flashlight
You can get all these products at Midas, and you will be thankful you bought them if you find yourself sitting on the side of the road with a vehicle issue.
For the actual drive, make sure you plan your route – particularly if travelling over multiple days or at night.
Night driving does have its advantages, as the roads will be quieter and you’ll reach your destination sooner, but it can also pose risks.
Midas recommends that if you drive at night, you must be extremely cautious.
Midas also recommends against driving through the day and then into the night, as this will leave you tired and with reduced reflexes and focus.
Instead, you can plan to stay the night at a hotel or B&B if travelling longer distances.
Midas has it all
Midas is the largest automotive aftermarket parts franchise in Southern Africa and will help you complete your preparations for smooth holiday travels.
To make this more affordable, it is running a December promotion on everything from internal parts and engine oil to brake pads and windscreen wipers.
With over 280 stores nationwide, as well as in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana and Mozambique, there is always a Midas near you – and you can use the store locator to find one.
Don’t delay – take advantage of Midas’ December promotion today.