Road trips are a great way to see this vast country of ours and can make for memories that last a lifetime. So, whether you’re going away for a weekend or you’re off for a few months of exploring, we’ve got some tips to make your trip even more enjoyable.
Over time, headlights can begin to discolour and show signs of damage caused by UV rays, This damage can lead to a yellowing effect that not only looks unsightly but can reduce the effectiveness of your headlights. We take a look at the best way to return your headlights to their former glory.
PREVENTION We know hindsight is always 20/20 - but prevention really is the key to avoid a spill leaving lasting damage in the interior of your car. Even though leather and vinyl surfaces may be easier to clean than fabric - for carpets, fabric seats, leather and vinyl, your best option is to have a hydrophobic interior protection product applied. It will create a layer over the surface that will repel liquid and odours, making it a cinch to maintain.
BLACK If you take note of car colours while driving anywhere in Australia, it’s not hard to see that black is one of the most common colours on the road. But that statistic doesn’t necessarily mean that it is an easy car colour to maintain. Though there is something spectacular about a shiny and freshly detailed black car, they can be notoriously difficult to keep clean. Black cars make dust easy to see, as it is usually lighter than the paint itself. It's also easy to see light scratches in the paintwork, which can occur in the top layer over the time causing a dulling effect.
LEATHER Caring for leather seats is not particularly difficult, however, it does take regular attention to ensure that the life of the leather is preserved for years to come. When leather is conditioned regularly the surface remains supple and strong, ensuring that the surface stays intact and lasts in line with the life of the car.
FIND THE SHADE It’s not always possible, but parking in a carport or undercover carpark is a great way to protect your car from UV rays and heat. You may also be tempted to park under a shady tree to keep your car cool, just be wary of trees that drop sap and the increased potential for bird droppings. If you do find any of these contaminants on your car make sure you have them removed as quickly as possible with a pH neutral car shampoo. Any shade is helpful to keep the temperature of your car down, with the interior of cars able to quickly reach 60-85 degrees Celsius when parked in direct sunlight. It’s a timely reminder that children, pets and perishables should not be left in cars in warm or hot weather, even when parked in the shade.
When you’re packing the car to go camping it can feel like you’re playing a life-size game of Tetris. One of the key considerations is your vehicle size in comparison to the amount of gear you need to take with you. Whilst a lot of our tips can help with any sized car, your best bet is to take a 4WD or SUV camping with you for the extra space they offer. If you’re heading camping in a sedan be prepared to compromise on your load.
AUDI TT QUATTRO The updated model will feature a seven-speed gearbox, with a turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive. The interior is similar to previous iterations of the model, boasting soft leathers, quality plastics and sleek and practical infotainment unit. This isn’t the car for you if you have regular passengers or need to use the boot for much more than a bag or two - but it’s the perfect spots coupe for zipping around town.