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Drive Safe On The Road This Summer: Pre-travel Check Tips For The Peak Crash Season

The Aussie festive summer season has arrived! The overworked and overtired are heading out on their much-needed family holidays and the fun-seekers are off to the best parties and festivals in Sydney and beyond. As the season goes on, summer fun features a loss of inhibitions, and with high temperatures forecasted this season, extra precaution is warranted on the road.

Parramatta Smash Repairs is busy at work during the holidays as an in-demand smash repairer and has seen it all time and time again. So here are a few pre-travel tricks and tips for your holiday to see you through to the new year.

Check Your Vehicle Regularly

When owning a luxury car, it is important to check for any panel damages or mechanical faults in your vehicle. In the event of finding anything not quite right, our team is fully equipped to repair all types of panel damage, ranging from small dings or dents to major structural damage and windscreens. Our highly qualified technicians have advanced skills and training to ensure that repairs are performed with the utmost precision, commitment and care.

Before you set out, be sure to check that your air conditioner is working optimally, the battery is in good condition and fully charged, and the headlights and windows are clean. Also, top up your wiper liquid and be sure to have coolant in the boot in case your engine overheats. We also recommend having jumper leads and an empty petrol container on those long trips. 

Avoid Driving In Extreme Heat 

Driving in extreme heat can pose various challenges and risks, making it crucial to exercise caution and prioritise safety. Firstly, it’s essential to check and maintain your vehicle regularly, especially during hot weather. Extreme temperatures can accelerate wear and tear on essential components like tires and the cooling system. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, and the cooling system is functioning optimally to prevent breakdowns on scorching days.

Secondly, plan your trips strategically to avoid driving during the hottest parts of the day. The intense heat can not only be uncomfortable but also affect your vehicle’s performance. If possible, schedule your journeys for early mornings or late evenings when temperatures are relatively cooler. If you must travel during peak heat hours, take frequent breaks to prevent fatigue and dehydration. Stay hydrated and carry an emergency kit with essentials like water, a first aid kit, and a fully charged mobile phone.

Lastly, be mindful of the signs of heat-related issues, both for yourself and your vehicle. If you notice your engine overheating or experience symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as dizziness or nausea, pull over to a safe location immediately. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if extreme heat is predicted, consider postponing non-essential trips. By taking these precautions, you can minimize the risks associated with driving in extreme heat and ensure a safer and more comfortable journey.

Keep Calm And Drive On

The summer heat can be difficult for some to bear, and some holiday goers forget to pack their manners, if you know what we mean. Before you get behind the wheel, please make sure to create realistic expectations about your travel. If you need to be somewhere at a specific time, factor in expected traffic or photo-op delays.

If you’re already angry or upset, we recommend that you don’t drive, be prepared to switch drivers if needed, and remember to keep calm and drive on. We know the inevitable “Are we there yet?” from the back seat is a struggle, not to mention the frustration when the kids iPads run out of battery. If you have something scheduled that you can’t miss, please ask a friend or family member to drive, or consider calling a rideshare service or taking public transport.

Prepare For An Emergency

The nature of an emergency is that you don’t know when it’s going to happen, so it’s important to always be prepared. In the event of a vehicle accident, our towing services are available 24/7. Our car towing operators are fully trained and licenced professionals and specialise in all accidents, salvage, trade, and prestige vehicle towing. 

We also offer windscreen replacements in the event of windscreen damage. Regardless of your car’s make or model, we can source and supply the perfect replacement windscreen. If you discover a chip or crack in your windscreen or window, we recommend acting quickly. With some luck, the local servo may have a windscreen repair kit to tie you over until you can book an appointment with us.


A Few More Safe Driving Tips

  • “Whipping tail? Let them sail.” On winding country roads, it is better to let others pass you if you are not in a hurry. Congestion on mountain roads can lead to multi-car incidents if there are sudden stops at a turn. So if you see multiple cars behind you (the tail), please let them pass.
  • If you are going on a sporting holiday, please make sure your outdoor equipment is fastened tightly and your trailer lights are working properly.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated; too much coffee can dehydrate you.
  • Check the local weather forecast for any changes in weather conditions and the SES website for any spot fires.
  • Wear sunglasses to help with UV glare and the midday sun; we recommend polarized.
  • Watch out for the local wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • And have a paper map in the glove box for those signal dropouts.

At Parramatta Smash Repairs, we prioritise your safety with our expert services and encourage you to practice these essential tips for a safe summer driving experience. We wish you a safe and memorable holiday away, and if you do find yourself in a spot of trouble, you can book your next appointment with us when you get back, judgement-free.

For more driving tips or information on our services, you can visit our blog or contact us directly. We will be in operation throughout the holiday season, except on public holidays.

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  • Had the rear bumper of my BMW M135i recently repaired by Parramatta Smash Repairs through an insurance claim. Will definitely recommend them to family and friends. Everyone was extremely professional, polite and courteous. Thankyou Sam for explaining the process of repairing the bumper. Your team is wonderful. ❤

    thumb Punam Pitambar

    An extremely satisfied customer here! First time needing a smash repairs shop for my brand new Mini Cooper and I felt completely safe leaving it in the trustworthy hands of Parramatta Smash Repairs. Very helpful and professional business from the time I called up to enquire and book in to when I picked up the car post repairs. My Mini Cooper was ready to be collected within the timeframe I was given (early actually) and I was very happy with the quality repairs performed! The damage (scratches under front grill) are completely gone and the car has been restored back to factory. Look no further for your baby on 4 wheels than Parramatta Smash Repairs. I highly recommend them.

    thumb Jessica Papponetti

    Have been to this place few times in past, both good and bad experience. For this time, I got hit by someone else's fault. And went to parramatta smash repair for inspection. Very pleasant experience with Mark, he is very nice and caring guy. so far so good, hope this time will be a good experience all the way. Thank you Mark the technician and Jori the receptionist for the help.

    thumb J Z
  • The team at Parra Smash Repairs went above and beyond on my BMW. Very efficient, professional and remarkable results. Highly recommend for luxury vehicles. Best in Sydney! Thank you!

    thumb Ness LS

    Sam and the staff at Parramatta Smash Repairs were very helpful and accomodating to my paint query and were able to help me out straight away. Their friendly nature made you feel immediately at ease and comfortable while waiting for the job to be completed. A thorough explanation of maintenance requirements was given at the completion of the job. I highly recommend them.

    thumb Syl Mar

    Fantastic people to deal with. My car is better than new. Thanks heaps.

    thumb Tony Eltakchi
  • These guys are the best at what they do, hands down the best. I’ve had 4 cars repaired (2 were Mercedes) on each occasion the vehicles were repaired back to there original factory finish. Sam and David are both accommodating and professional and cannot speak highly enough of them. Highly recommend this business.

    thumb David Tunstall

    Very professional outfit, Parramatta Smash Repairs… The first thing I noticed was how clean their workshop was, plus each tradesperson had their own clean dedicated work area with dedicated storage for parts and tools. This is important as it provides a happy and quality controlled workplace - which means you the customer get a high quality repair. Also of note is the fact they have plenty of room to store your car and repair it… Just take a look at other smash repair companies, with messy and cluttered workshops with your vehicles half repaired and parked out on the road with the windows open! Parramatta Smash Repairs is what you expect a professional outfit to be. And finally the work - our car has a very difficult paint to match and apply; however the team at Parramatta Smash Repairs did such a great job, it looked like it just came out of the factory! I highly recommend Parramatta Smash Repairs.

    thumb CGC - (Custom Garage Cabinets)

    Very professional staff especially Jana and Sam, made the experience of repairing a smashed vehicle less traumatic with their excellent service. Highly recommended A+++

    thumb George Daoud
  • Excellent service! Very friendly, helpful and professional staff that made the whole process easy and always kept me up to date with the progress of my car. 10/10 - thank you!

    thumb Jessica L

    The team at Parramatta Smash Repairs have provided exceptional service on more than one occasion. Very professional staff, both in the office and in the workshop. Thanks to Sam for all his help. Couldn't be happier with the end result.

    thumb E M

    Very professional service. Provided up-to-date to information regarding repairs and kept to their completion date. The car was repaired to my satisfaction.

    thumb Nick Bisello
  • It was my third visit to PSR over last 7 years. As usual, I left the place very satisfied with the service. I am planning to return in 6 months for some minor cosmetic work on my car. Best wishes to all staff.

    thumb DarekOcias

    Great service and very friendly staff. Sam at reception was very polite and easy to speak to. Work was done on time with regular SMS updates. After service support was great and stress free! Definitely recommend their service.

    thumb Anthony Luu

    Thank you to the team at Parramatta Smash Repairs for a super easy and seamless process after my car was hit in an accident. They organised everything from a hire car to offering a flexible drop off / pick up time. The update text messages were also really appreciated! Cannot fault the professionalism or friendliness of this team. They are super knowledgeable and treat you like a person, not a number. Thanks for taking care of my VW!

    thumb Martha G
  • The whole experience for me as a customer at Parramatta Smash Repairs was BRILLIANT. I cannot thank Toni and Sam enough for their care and concern for me and my BMW X4 Competition that I absolutely adore. As the accident was NOT my fault, I was not sure of how to proceed with the claim but Toni supported me through the entire process. I also had to get my repair done in a quick period as I needed it back for work and Toni ensured this happened. I would never go anywhere else with my treasured vehicle!! THANK YOU SO MUCH

    thumb Brenda Christie-David

    I couldn’t have picked a better place. They don’t forget about the smallest details...I highly recommend them... thank you so much for the great Job ?

    thumb Vahid Ahmadi

    Very satisfied with the service and the team, especially with Maddie who is such a gem at front desk who made the experience so easy for me! The team always kept in contact with me throughout and gave necessary updates, which made it easy for me to go about the week and not have to worry. Highly recommend for those who needs quality service and quality parts!

    thumb Jeremy Fuertes
  • Highly recommend the team at Parramatta Smash Repairs. They're very professional, fully transparent and do absolute top quality work. I would never trust anyone else with my car.

    thumb Kyle Austin

    Parramatta Smash Repairs were fantastic in the way that they looked after every need. Sam Lahood and his team assessed my car quickly, booked it in for repairs quickly and had it returned to me in just over a week from accident to completion. They even went to the effort of taking care of the hire car for me. The whole repair process was so seamless and easy. I highly recommend their team to look after you next time you need quality service on your repairs.

    thumb Gordon McComiskie

    If you’re needing to find a smash repair outlet, it typically means your car is damaged and it’s just something you don’t want to deal with. I’ve used smash repairers close to home but happened to use Parramatta Smash Repairs when my beloved BMW was involved in an incident. Sam and the ladies on the desk are amazing and made the experience far better than I anticipated. I know nothing about cars but Sam explained the process, the timing and my options and did everything he said he’d do to help me, especially living over an hour away. He instilled my absolute trust that I wasn’t being ripped off or lied to which is so important . I have just had to make inquiries and seek Sam’s assistance regarding an incident involving my son and again it’s been resolved professionally and to my satisfaction. I would not use anyone else despite the location from my home.

    thumb Catherine Ruthven
  • I took my Mercedes in for a bonnet realignment. Sam was extremely professional and organised to have the work completed immediately while I waited. The work was completed efficiently and the bonnet was realigned perfectly within 15 minutes. I can highly recommend Sam and the team at Parramatta Smash Repairs!

    thumb George Hanna

    Myself and my business Australian Tint Wizard have used Parramatta Smash Repairs for over 30 years personally and professionally. Their customer service is second to none and their work is flawless. I couldn't recommend them more highly to anyone needing their car repaired!

    thumb Jeff Cureton

    Would highly recommend Parramatta Smash Repairs. Sam and the girls at the front desk were always professional and polite. They took the time to explain every detail as well as offer helpful tips with what I was entitled to from insurance companies (I wasn’t the driver at fault). Really appreciated their expertise and friendliness.

    thumb ITB Sydney South
  • I highly recommend ! Fix my Mercedes like it’s brand new and the service was amazing friendly team Definitely recommend! Thanks guys

    thumb Ellen Imseih

    Once I picked up my car, on time as they promised, I realized I had come to the right place! What a good, honest professional team. A highly recommended jewel at Parramatta Thanks

    thumb Osama Sydney

    A Fast & Efficient process Driven organisation, great quality service

    thumb George Hicks
  • Had the rear bumper of my BMW M135i recently repaired by Parramatta Smash Repairs through an insurance claim. Will definitely recommend them to family and friends. Everyone was extremely professional, polite and courteous. Thankyou Sam for explaining the process of repairing the bumper. Your team is wonderful. ❤

    thumb Punam Pitambar
  • An extremely satisfied customer here! First time needing a smash repairs shop for my brand new Mini Cooper and I felt completely safe leaving it in the trustworthy hands of Parramatta Smash Repairs. Very helpful and professional business from the time I called up to enquire and book in to when I picked up the car post repairs. My Mini Cooper was ready to be collected within the timeframe I was given (early actually) and I was very happy with the quality repairs performed! The damage (scratches under front grill) are completely gone and the car has been restored back to factory. Look no further for your baby on 4 wheels than Parramatta Smash Repairs. I highly recommend them.

    thumb Jessica Papponetti
  • Have been to this place few times in past, both good and bad experience. For this time, I got hit by someone else's fault. And went to parramatta smash repair for inspection. Very pleasant experience with Mark, he is very nice and caring guy. so far so good, hope this time will be a good experience all the way. Thank you Mark the technician and Jori the receptionist for the help.

    thumb J Z
  • The team at Parra Smash Repairs went above and beyond on my BMW. Very efficient, professional and remarkable results. Highly recommend for luxury vehicles. Best in Sydney! Thank you!

    thumb Ness LS
  • Sam and the staff at Parramatta Smash Repairs were very helpful and accomodating to my paint query and were able to help me out straight away. Their friendly nature made you feel immediately at ease and comfortable while waiting for the job to be completed. A thorough explanation of maintenance requirements was given at the completion of the job. I highly recommend them.

    thumb Syl Mar
  • Fantastic people to deal with. My car is better than new. Thanks heaps.

    thumb Tony Eltakchi
  • These guys are the best at what they do, hands down the best. I’ve had 4 cars repaired (2 were Mercedes) on each occasion the vehicles were repaired back to there original factory finish. Sam and David are both accommodating and professional and cannot speak highly enough of them. Highly recommend this business.

    thumb David Tunstall
  • Very professional outfit, Parramatta Smash Repairs… The first thing I noticed was how clean their workshop was, plus each tradesperson had their own clean dedicated work area with dedicated storage for parts and tools. This is important as it provides a happy and quality controlled workplace - which means you the customer get a high quality repair. Also of note is the fact they have plenty of room to store your car and repair it… Just take a look at other smash repair companies, with messy and cluttered workshops with your vehicles half repaired and parked out on the road with the windows open! Parramatta Smash Repairs is what you expect a professional outfit to be. And finally the work - our car has a very difficult paint to match and apply; however the team at Parramatta Smash Repairs did such a great job, it looked like it just came out of the factory! I highly recommend Parramatta Smash Repairs.

    thumb CGC - (Custom Garage Cabinets)
  • Very professional staff especially Jana and Sam, made the experience of repairing a smashed vehicle less traumatic with their excellent service. Highly recommended A+++

    thumb George Daoud
  • Excellent service! Very friendly, helpful and professional staff that made the whole process easy and always kept me up to date with the progress of my car. 10/10 - thank you!

    thumb Jessica L

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At Parramatta Smash Repairs, we are proud to declare that all repairs come with a Life Time Guarantee (for the time that you own your vehicle). We are so confident with our expertise and abilities on all repairs that we are pleased to back it up with this guarantee.

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