With more hot days on the way in some parts of Australia, the VACC is reminding motorists that some basic checks before setting off could prevent hours of waiting by the roadside in the extreme heat.
Basic checks include a visual inspection of the radiator and coolant hoses for leaks and belts for deterioration, plus ensuring no debris is present to disrupt the air flow though the radiator.
The VACC says motorists should not ignore unusual sounds from the engine, and should ensure tyre pressures are correct.
In the event of a breakdown, motorists should switch off the engine and vacate the vehicle before calling for assistance. The VACC also reminds us not to remove the radiator cap, as the extreme heat and pressure could cause injury.
“Tempers, as well as engines, can boil over in this hot weather, so take plenty of drinking water, plan the journey, have enough fuel and secure all loads,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.
“Your vehicle is your responsibility and it’s critical it’s safe and in good working order. Some breakdowns are unavoidable but others can be prevented.”
“Imagine how the CFA or Emergency Services feel when they are caught in traffic on their way to a bush fire or incident when they find out the delay was caused by a driver failing to have repaired something as simple as damaged hose, or a puncture, not to mention, running out of fuel or a dropped load?”
Statistics from Victoria’s Reliability Taskforce show 80 percent of incidents which disrupt traffic flow on Melbourne’s roads are caused by ‘human factors’.
The most common causes are mechanical breakdowns (60 percent), loss of load or debris (28 percent) and running out of fuel (10 percent).