1. Don’t Neglect Car Maintenance (just don’t)
Ignoring that niggling noise under the hood will only get you off the hook so far. The amount of people that come into our workshop and say whatever their issue they are having has been happening for some time, generally end up paying more for it from neglecting it for too long. If you hear something other then the usual sound of your engine under the hood, get it checked ASAP. It will save you in the long run.
2. Learn To Do Basic Maintenance Yourself (we run a course for this stuff)
How familiar are you with your vehicle? Gone are the days where dads took their kids into the shed to show them how to change the oil or check the levels of some sort of fluid. Do you even know where the caps are and what you would need to top up in case of an unexpected leak? These fundamentals are becoming a lost skill amongst our new generations and unfortunately, the newer the vehicle, doesn’t necessarily mean these types of issues won’t arise. In between services, you should be checking the basics of your car and engine on a regular basis.
3. End Distracted Driving (we think this is particularly important)
Do we really need to delve into more information here? Be a decent human being and ensure you are keeping your wits about you whilst you are on the road. Remember, you’re sharing the road with others so if others aren’t alert, you need to be!
4. Be Courteous To Other Drivers (talking to you bird flipper)
We really do need to practice more kindness in this day an age. Courteous driving can make someones day. Obviously by following the road rules at the same time of course. If you are one of those always in a hurry kinda people, just try to refrain from beeping when someone takes one second longer to put their foot on the accelerator or perhaps hasn’t quite made it up to 80 km/hr in the time you perceive as adequate. Being in a hurry is a sure way to cause an accident so chill out and you never know, you may feel a little less stressed when you get to where you’re going?
5. Keep Your Car Clean (clean your space, clean your mind)
Ever jump in someones car and you can’t see the floor mat through the rubbish? Not only is a messy vehicle unhygenic, but also clutter is not someone that allows for a clear mind. Keep it clean and you’ll be surprised at how much better and clearer it will make you feel. You might even find a few coins to add to the saving jar, getting you to that next weekend away a little sooner.
6. Finally Go Explore More Often!!
We know 2020 was a nutjob of a year. 2021 is shaping up to be a lot better already. The year of change for good. The year of prosperity and health. The year of enjoying our own backyard and living life to the fullest. We have some of the most amazing places on Earth to explore here in Australia. Some of the most glorious open roads, windy exploration drives and excilerating 4WD tracks in the world. Get out. Explore. Find a new part of the country to call your favourite this year. But remember, do it with when you’ve sorted out the 5 steps above and you’re on your way to a happy and healthy adventure.