Dong dong chiang! Pretty sure by now everyone is familiar with that sound.
As we ushered in 2019, it is that time of the year again when everyone is looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year with their families or just simply enjoy a long break. When Chinese New Year arrives, many shops would be closed and the streets will be empty as city dwellers would have travelled back to their hometowns in time for a reunion dinner with their families.
But before doing so, do not forget there are five important things you have to do before travelling home especially for long distance journeys.
Service your vehicle
First things first, an obvious but often neglected thing to do is to service your car. Without servicing, your car will not be in the best condition, thus, slowing down or affecting your journey back to your hometown. Many people often overlook servicing their car as they are busy packing and preparing for the trip. And remember to service your car early before Chinese New Year as some workshops tend to close a few days earlier.
If you are driving you need to get enough sleep before hitting the road as you have to be alert on the road for the safety of your family and other road users alike. To feel refreshed and energised for the day, you need to have at least seven to eight hours of sleep the night before. However, if you feel sleepy while on your journey, you may want to make a pit stop at a gas station or rest stop and recharge yourself with a power nap. Alternately, you can also get another family member to drive and continue the journey while you rest. Staying safe on the road is very important and be sure to practise it this Chinese New Year.
Besides, when going on a long journey, you might also want to pack enough food and water as traffic jams might occur and you would not be left dehydrated or starving. On top of that, if your car is overheated you will also have extra water in the car to cool it down and avoid any mishaps.
Keep a clean ride
After service, you might also want to consider cleaning your car. Whether it’s a new or seasoned car, you should have it washed and cleaned to have a pleasant journey home because let’s be honest, no one likes to travel in a smelly or dirty car. You should also make some room for your passengers and luggage if your car is packed with items you do not need.
Lastly, you should also check your tyres as car tyres are one of the most important components that make up the car. Michelin tyres is currently having a Chinese New Year promotion where you can get a free pure gold coin when purchasing selected Michelin tyres that are well-known to be long-lasting. Now that is a great deal you will not want to miss out on.
Some of the other things you should take note of for tyres are the air pressure and tread wear. When a tyre is filled with the optimum air pressure, the car is able to move along smoothly, save fuel and be able to withstand outer force more efficiently like potholes or speed bumps. Whereas, if a tyre tread is getting too thin, you might also want to visit a tyre shop and get it changed immediately.
When a tyre’s tread is wearing out, it does not evacuate water well, hence losing grip and becoming more dangerous during rainy weather as the roads become slippery.
Michelin would also like to wish everyone a safe and happy journey home to their loved ones this Chinese New Year.