It’s that time of year again!

Before starting your journey, it is important to do trip planning. By planning ahead and driving safely you can ensure this holiday season is a safe and joyous one. Here are some tips which should help make your road trip a happy and safe experience:

  • Ensure your vehicle is fully serviced, including battery testing, wiper blades, brake testing, etc.
  • Check tyre pressure and tyre tread depth.
  • Check all vehicle fluid levels and top up if necessary.
  • Fill your fuel tank and check fuel levels along the way.
  • If you are towing, ensure your caravan or trailer is roadworthy and licensed.
  • Listen to your car and drive with a sense of mechanical understanding to ensure you do not put unnecessary strain on your vehicle.
  • Pack an emergency first-aid kit.
  • Pack jumper cables.
  • Pack a flashlight with extra batteries and warning triangles.
  • Be prepared for busy roads or roadworks and have an alternative route in mind.
  • Check your following distances.
  • Pack drinking water and food packs for the family and pets (if taking them on holiday with you).
  • Strap your children safely in your vehicle. Pack books, games, etc to keep them entertained and comfortable while travelling.
  • Remember to pack chargers for your mobile phones and devices.
  • Secure your valuables – don’t make yourself a target – keep your valuables in the boot.
  • Take regular breaks from driving.
  • Avoid speeding.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Make sure you get a full night’s rest before departing.

By Wanita Wallace