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Road Tripping

Features on where to go road tripping, what to pack, what’s required for your Mozambique trip, safety tips and more.

  • Top 10 genius car hacks

    In this informative video we take a look at the top 10 genius car hacks for traveling with small kids. We would like to start by giving a shout out to Awestruck for the awesome video. I am sure every parent will agree that traveling with your little ones can sometime be a nightmare! If you follow these simple but effective car travel hacks, your next trip will be a walk in the park, or in this case a ride in the park. Don’t forget to hit the like and subscribe button for more awesome content! For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

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  • Did you know by law you must carry a red triangle

    Did you know that by law, you must carry a red triangle in your vehicle according to regulation 214 #Roadtripping If you don’t currently have a red warning triangle, head over to Randburg Midas and get one today! Question: Is it now the law to carry a red triangle in your car? Answer: Regulation 214 of the National Road Traffic Regulations 93 of 1996 provides that motor cars first registered on 1st July 2006 and thereafter must carry at least 1 emergency warning triangle. The regulations specify that the term ‘motor vehicle’ for the purposes of this regulation will exclude motor cars first registered before 1st July 2006. Therefore if the first date of registration of your car is prior to 1st July 2006 then you are exempt by law from having to carry a warning triangle in your vehicle, all other cars are required by law to carry one. It is, however, recommendable for safety purposes that all motorists carry a warning triangle in their vehicles despite the date of first registration. For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest Source: https://www.aa.co.za/services/technical-services/legal-advice/legal-questions/red-triangles.html

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  • Is your car road trip ready?

    Is your car road trip ready? Well if you are not sure, don’t worry because we have put together this awesome article to help you! Don’t forget for ALL your travel requirements, come and see us at Randburg Midas and we will make sure you are ready for the trip of a lifetime. How to prepare a car for a long road trip A long trip is a serious test for your car and even a small problem such as a worn windshield wiper or out-of-balance tire can cause a lot of troubles. We have prepared a few simple tips on how to prepare your vehicle for a trip. However, this checklist does not include many other important items such as brakes and suspension components that may only be inspected by a mechanic in a garage with the car on the lift. Don’t leave it for the last moment, do it few days before your trip. Check your car owner’s manual Have a look in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and don’t forget to keep it in your glove box. The owner’s manual contains plenty of useful information from how to tow a trailer to how to change the flat tire and where the jack is located. Under the bonnet: Are there any leaks? Are the battery terminals clean? Does the drive belt look worn out? If the belt appears cracked or glazed, have it replaced before the trip. Check all the fluids. Check engine oil To check the engine oil, park the car on a level spot, warm up and stop the engine. Wait for a minute to allow the oil to drain down the oil pan. Pull the engine oil dipstick out, wipe it with a clean rag or a paper towel and insert it back fully. Pull it out again and check the level – it should be close to the “FULL” mark on the dipstick. If the engine oil appears too black, it’s better to change it now. Check the automatic transmission fluid A long trip with a full load will be another exam for your automatic transmission. If your transmission fluid change is due soon, do it before a trip. Visually check engine coolant (antifreeze) in the overflow tank Visually check the engine coolant level in the overflow tank. Your owner’s manual has the directions. The level should be between “Low” and “Full” marks. Battery Check the…

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  • How to Tow a Caravan or Trailer

    After last year’s festive season we received a lot of requests for information on How to Tow a Caravan or trailer from followers who struggled. Follow these tips and towing will be a piece of cake on your next journey #SmokeBrake Towing  a Caravan, whether it is large or small, requires a regular review of the equipment, including the hitch and signals, as well as some extra safety and clearance precautions to ensure a secure drive. If you are looking for any trailer maintenance parts such as hitches, coupling plugs or wheel bearings, Randburg Midas is your go to shop! Pretrip Check Before you hit the road with your Caravan or Trailer, make sure the trailer is safely connected to the hitch, and the brake lights and signals are working properly. First, check the hitch. For a regular ball hitch, the tongue on the trailer should be properly attached to the vehicle hitch, with the locking mechanism snapped and lock pin in place. If the hitch isn’t secure, it could off and go through someone’s windshield. A trailer connection to a vehicle should also have two chains, criss-crossing in an X shape, between the vehicle and the trailer. Check the connection by pulling up on the trailer to try to pull it off the hitch, which you shouldn’t be able to do. If you can pull the hitch off, it must be reattached. Also check the clearance of the connection, and make sure any wheel or stand for the trailer is in the up or drive position. Next, check the brake lights and signals. Connect the electrical wires from the Caravan or Trailer to the vehicle. If no one is available to tell you whether the lights work when you apply the brakes, use the reflection of another vehicle, window, or other reflective surface; or check in the dark. It is very important that the brake lights work on the Caravan or Trailer. Otherwise, motorists are unable to tell when you are slowing (and in the dark, they won’t be able to see you at all). If the Caravan or Trailer and hitch connection is good, and the trailer signals are working, you’re ready to drive. On the Road Before you hit the highway, though, make sure you’re familiar with driving your vehicle-trailer combination. A good way to get used to manoeuvring, including some practice backups, is to drive in…

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  • 10 Strangest Vehicles Ever Made

    In this video we look at the 10 Strangest Vehicles Ever Made! If you looking for the weird and bazaar, then this video is for you #Roadtripping Regardless of the make or model of the car you drive, Randburg Midas stocks the correct spares for your car, and if we don’t have it, we will get it especially for you! For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest

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  • Know your braai etiquette

    Do you know your braai etiquette? If not, now is the time to brush up on them. Don’t be that awkward person at the next braai #NutsandBolts4Breakfast Make sure your car is running in tip top shape or you might not even make it to the next braai. For all your spare parts needs Randburg Midas is your one stop shop. Braaing is more than just a pastime for South Africans. Some people take it very seriously! Summer is here so you can be sure there are going to be braai sparking up all over the page. Follow these simple do’s & don’t and you can rest assured you will be invited to the next braai Braai do’s: Do braai on charcoal or wood Do ask your host what you should bring Do bring what your host asks you to bring Buy good quality meat and enough to share Do keep the Braai Master company Do agree with the Braai Master’s method of turning the chops Do compliment the Braai Master on the marinade Do bring extra drink’s regardless if alcoholic or not Do ask the braai master how his drink is doing and replace when needed Do offer to help set and clear the table Braai don’ts (possibly more important that the do’s): Don’t use gel or paraffin to light the fire. Real braais start with a match and kindling or firelighters Don’t give the Braai Master cooking advice of any kind Don’t arrive with a fish Don’t bring your own tongs to a braai Don’t ask for the marinade recipe. It’s almost always a secret Only eat the salad. Braai Masters take offense to this. Don’t be in a rush. A braai is more than just a meal – it’s a social event. Offer to help set & clear the table. Don’t complain about the music Don’t bring additional people unless cleared by the braai master For more information on our impressive range of car care products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest Source: http://capetown.getitonline.co.za/2014/09/23/braai-etiquette/#.Vmgpnvl97IE

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