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Is Your Hyundai Ready for the Festive Season?

Get your Hyundai ready for the open road.

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The festive season is a great time to take your family somewhere special, but it’s important to tick a few boxes first. With a fully serviced Hyundai and a few bright ideas up your sleeve, you’ll be ready to hit the open road.

 

1. SERVICE THE CAR EARLY

If your car is approaching its next service, book it in advance so there’s time to make any necessary repairs before you leave. If your car is between services, make sure you check the oil, water and brake fluid yourself.

 

2. CHECK THE TYRES

First check tyre pressure, then consider how much weight your vehicle will be carrying. If the whole family and their luggage is coming along for the ride, you may need to inflate the tyres to the maximum recommended load (see your owner’s handbook).

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3. CHECK THE SPARE

Don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well. It’s not much good to you if the air pressure is too low. You should also make sure the tyre-changing kit is in place and fully stocked.

 

4. CLEAN THE WINDSCREEN

If the kids can draw pictures in the dirt covering your windscreen, it’s time to get cleaning. This is particularly important if there’s any chance you will be driving at night. Add some screen cleaner to your washer bottle, but definitely don’t use dishwashing detergent from the kitchen, as this can sometimes affect the spray.

 

5. CHECK THE LIGHTS

Check your car’s headlamps and high beam to ensure they’re operating at full capacity. It won’t be any fun if you can’t see the road ahead and you’re forced to pull over immediately.


6. MAINTAIN FLUID LEVELS

In the lead-up to Christmas, keep a close eye on the oil, coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluid. A well-lubricated engine is particularly important, so double check that oil and top it up as needed.

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7. POLLEN FILTER REPLACEMENT

It is essential to replace your pollen filters, which clean the air entering your vehicle – not only for your own comfort, but also for your own health. Book yours today.

 

8. PLAN THE ROUTE

There’s more to safe holiday road tripping than just servicing and checking your car. With fatigue being one of the biggest dangers on the road, it’s wise to research your itinerary and map out a rough plan for each day’s distances and expected driving times. Of course, you will need to factor in sightseeing, food stops, bathroom breaks and leg stretching for all.

 

9. THINK ENTERTAINMENT

You might be fine with long stretches of driving, but children sometimes get bored. Plan some entertainment such as music the whole family enjoys or electronic games that won’t cause car sickness. Speaking of games, try your luck with an old-fashioned car favourite like ‘I Spy’ – so the kids actually look out the window!

 

10. BE PREPARED

Channel your inner scout and be prepared for every possible situation. While it’s unlikely anything will go wrong, you can never be certain. What happens if your car breaks down? How would you find assistance in a remote area? Do you have a first-aid kit and plenty of water just in case? Congratulations, you’re ready to go.