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Published on December 21st, 2018 | by Jones


Planning a gap year road trip? Choose the perfect car

A gap year can be an amazing experience before you enter the working world or start studying. It will allow you to refresh yourself after a busy year and you will create memories that you will have for a lifetime. One way to spend this year is to go on a road trip around the country, seeing places you might never have heard of or have only dreamed of seeing.

But, a road trip needs a car and choosing the right car can be very tricky. This is especially true for first-time car buyers. If you are looking for cars for sale in Mpumalanga for your road trip, you will need to know exactly what to look for. If you are not sure what to look for, read on below for some top tips on choosing the perfect car for your road trip.

How far are you travelling?

Knowing exactly where you are going will help you to search the car dealerships in Mpumalanga and surrounds. This will help you to decide on whether you need a large fuel tank and vehicle or if a medium-sized vehicle will be suitable.

For example, if you will be driving from Durban to Cape Town, you will need a vehicle with a sizeable fuel tank and one which is a bit bigger than a zippy little town car. Plan your route carefully and think about the budget you have for your car. Driving across Africa in a Landrover might sound like a great idea, but if you cannot afford the repayments on a large car, you might have to rethink your trip or route.

What comforts do you need?

When you are looking for second-hand cars in Mpumalanga, you will need to think about what comforts you need for the road trip. This includes the material of the seats, and how far the passenger and driver’s seat can be pushed back.

Other comforts you should look for include a good quality sound system with both radio and CD options (for those karaoke sessions down a long and dusty Karoo road), air conditioning (a necessity in the South African heat) and cruise control or power steering, and electric windows. Having a comfortable car to drive in will make your road trip much easier to bear, especially if you have a long drive ahead of you.

How many people do you need to fit?

Now, going on a road trip alone can be fun, but you most likely want to take your friends along with you. This means you will have to look for second-hand cars for sale in Mpumalanga that are spacious enough to comfortably fit your friends and their luggage.

Each person must be able to easily access their own seatbelt and their bags must be properly secured in the boot. There should also be enough air bags for your passengers. This way, everyone and everything will be safe for the duration of the journey. Another important aspect of looking at a car to fit your friends is your budget. You might want to take six or seven friends with you, but you might not be able to afford a big enough car. Consider carefully who you want to take along and look for a car based on this final decision.

What safety features do you need?

Safety features might not sound exciting, but for a road trip, they are essential. You need to be sure that everyone is safe on your journey and that your luggage will be secure no matter what types of road you are driving over. For example, having central locking will help you to keep your car safe when you are parked and stretching your legs.

Driving a safe car also takes the stress out of your road trip, so be sure to look for these features when car shopping.

  • Seatbelt alert: Not knowing if one of your passengers is wearing a seatbelt can be dangerous. If you choose a car that beeps until all seatbelts are locked in or one that will not start unless the driver’s seatbelt is locked, this will make for a safe and secure trip.


  • Reverse camera: Having a camera to help you reverse can be very helpful, especially if it gives you an alert if there are pedestrians behind you. If you have stopped in a small shopping centre and have had to park in a difficult parking space, knowing exactly what is behind you will help immensely when you reverse.


  • Enough seatbelts: Every passenger will need to have their own seatbelt, this is non-negotiable for any long road journey. Look for a car that has enough seatbelts in the back for the number of passengers you will have and ensure that each one works smoothly and correctly.


If you look for the safety features mentioned above, as well as look for comfort, size and fuel efficiency, you will be able to find the perfect car for your road trip. Remember that you will need to have a strict budget in mind for the vehicle, which will help you to choose one to suit your needs and your pocket.

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