There’s no doubt 2020 has been off to an interesting start – and it’s turned our lives around in more ways than one. Many of us have been stuck at home in isolation, we’ve become teachers as well as parents, and we’re working full time from our lounge rooms. While others have been working on the frontline trying to help the panic subside or assisting those who are sick to get better; or continuing about our usual busy work lives, only to have no social life when the day is over.
The good news – the end is in sight! And as restrictions start to ease around the country, we’re finally able to start thinking, and planning, ahead and there’s no doubt one of the first things on many people’s minds is simply getting out of the house. Did someone say “Road Trip!!”?
If you’ve been in full isolation, there’s a chance you haven’t been using your car much. And regardless, most of us have had restrictions in place that have limited travel to 5km, or 50km maximum (unless we travel for work). So, here’s a rundown of things you need to do while you’re planning your road trip.
Choose where you want to go
You need to keep up to date with the latest Government regulations when planning your destination. As it stands, the borders remain shut in Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia. Victorian, ACT and New South Wales borders remain open.
In New South Wales, non-essential travel is still off the cards, but those restrictions are expected to lift in the next few days. Although it seems as though you might not be able to travel to northern or western states until at least mid-July, you can still plan ahead for a Spring road trip, or prepare to visit family within New South Wales.
Get your car ready
Considered an essential service, mechanics have been operating as normal throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns. If your vehicle is used to travelling thousands of kilometres every month, and you’ve only done 50km recently, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a mechanic to ensure everything is okay for a bigger trip.
A car that isn’t used regularly can have a number of problems, including battery life reduction, lost grip for the brakes, faulty electricals and oil and brake fluid breakdowns. A general service can check to ensure all of these things are up to scratch so that you can pack up the car in confidence. If you’re planning on towing a boat or camper, you should also have your tyres checked.
Book early and check cancellation policies
If you book for a September holiday today, you’ll find prices are pretty low. Many hotels and resorts are still closed for recreational purposes (with many opening in June) and they have almost half a year of lost travel to make up for. People are apprehensive, simply because we don’t know what the next few months hold, so prices are down to entice visitors.
As restrictions ease, it could also lead to another influx of coronavirus cases – and again, shut down of all non-essential services. Book early, but make sure your booking has a last-minute cancellation policy that allows you a full refund if needed.
At the moment, Australia is winning the Covid-19 war, and with any luck, you’ll be road tripping before you know it. Just make sure you – and your vehicle – are prepared. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help get your car ready for a much-needed road trip.