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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 10th 2011
Your holiday Wouldn't get aboard a dodgy airline or a leaky cruise liner, would you? For your holiday road voyage, prep your car --- and your passengers --- as if you're the trip's captain mark.hinchli firstname.lastname@example.org MARK HINCHLIFFE i ture Tho as Wiele ki SOMEWHERE out the back of the Black Stump the car comes to a grinding halt, steam rising from the engine and the ears of the parents and kids. The satnav and mobile are getting no signal, the ice box has leaked all over the boot and the great summer driving holiday is in tatters. But with a little planning, none of this need happen. Carsguide has put together this summer survival guide to help you organise your driving holiday and avoid the dramas. MAP OUT A JOURNEY A satnav will take a lot of the headaches out of a driving holiday. Models start at ust $150 and most are quite reliable, though they can lose signal on cloudy days or in forests, so you'll need an old school map as back up. se this, too, to plan your route. Hema regularly updates its maps, produces a range of guide books and has a new i ad app. Be realistic about how far youcandriveinaday--- 500km might seem easy. After all, it's only five hours at 100km h, right? But that doesn't take into account toilet breaks, meal stops, driver changes every two hours, storms, roadworks, bushfires, holiday traffic and a truck trying to overtake a caravan going up a hill on the only divided road for 100km. A five hour plan can easily turn into a seven hour trip. And if you are travelling in the country, that is about as much as you can risk --- dusk and dawn are when the wildlife dominates the roads. lan to drive in two hour help is at hand RACT (Tas ania) ra t. o .au road servi e 131 111 inquiries 132 722 RACV (Vi toria) ra v. o .au 131 111; 137 228 NRMA (NSW) nr a. o .au 131 111; 131 122 RAA (South Australia) raa. o .au 131 111; (08) 8202 4600 RACQ ( ueensland) ra q. o .au 131 111; 131 905 RAC (Western Australia) ra . o .au 131 111; 131 703 AANT (Northern Territory) aant. o .au 131 111; (08) 8925 5901 break it down(% of call-outs) Flat battery .......... 46 Lockouts ................. 9 Run out of fuel ........ 4 Flat tyres ................ 9 Electrics .................. 7 Overheating engine .................. 3 Faulty ignition ..... 2.5 02 Travel tips Cover story 10 deadliest Some of the most popular routes across our country are also among the most dangerous 1 BARTON HWY Canberra to Yass, NSW 2 BRISBANE VALLEY HWY Ips i h to oore, ld 3 D'AGUILAR HWY Kingaroy to Caboolture, ld 4 GILLIES HWY Gordonvale to Atherton, ld 5 CAPTAIN COO HWY Cairns to oss an, ld 6 EYRE HWY Norse an, WA, to ort Augusta, SA 7 GREAT OCEAN RD Torquay to Allansford, Vi 8 ILLAWARRA HWY Sutton Forest to Albion ark, NSW 9 GREAT ALPINE RD Wangaratta to Bairnsdale, Vi 10 GREAT CENTRAL RD Laverton, WA, to Yulara, NT MERCURY ON SATURDAY 2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 10, 2011 97 Daihatsu Terios 4x4 1.3lt, manual, p/s. 99 Toyota Rav 4 Max 2.0lt, manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, allloys. 03 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatch 1.5lt, auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, very tidy. 01 Kia Rio Hatch 1.5lt, manual, p/s, a/c, . 00 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5lt, manual, p/s, a/c. 02 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 1.5lt, manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, body kit, 158,000km. 97 Holden Jackeroo 4x4 3.2lt, manual, p/s, a/c, alloys. $4995 $6995 $4995 $3995 $11,995 $8995 $8995 $8995 zest. 2567L www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park Peta Kennedy 0437 556 055 David Steer 0410 297 976 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 Easy on-site finance available call 6211 0564 05 Kia Rio 1.6lt, manual, p/s, a/c, tidy car. $7995 06 Ford Courier Upgrade 2.5lt, turbo diesel, p/s, manual, a/c, builder s racks, 114,000km. 01 Holden Barina 1.4lt, auto, p/s, a/c, only 62,000km. $7995 03 Holden Commodore Berlina 3.8lt, auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys. $3995 $9995 97 Holden Commodore Ute 3.8lt, p/s, a/c, alloys, rare 5 speed manual.
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