Already looking forward to your next holiday? With modern life so hectic and stressful it’s nice to have something planned in the calendar to look forward to and enjoy. Driving tips are essential for any road trip. Whether you’re hitting the road by yourself, planning a weekend away with your partner or packing up for a whole two-week vacation with your family, enjoying a well-deserved break is something we all need from time to time.
However, if you’re planning on driving to your holiday location or you’re hoping to hire a vehicle when you reach your destination then keeping your stress level down may not be as easy as you might think. Driving in a new country, a new city or just on roads that you’re unfamiliar with can be incredibly stressful and if you have your whole family travelling with you, it can seem incredibly precarious.
If you’re looking for a little guidance, read this blog. Luckily, the answer is simple – all you need to do is brush up on your driving skills and driving tips and do a little research. Read on for 5 essential holiday driving tips.
Take your time
You’ve probably been looking forward to this holiday for months, and naturally, you’ll want to get there as quickly as possible. It makes sense to make the most of your time off. However, if you decide to rush through your journey you run the risk of making bad driving decisions, creating a stressful environment for everyone in the vehicle and arriving at your destination more tired and strained than you were before.
Make sure you plan your route carefully and make plenty of pre-planned stops so everyone can get out and stretch their legs. A carefully planned journey can be part of the whole holiday experience.
Make sure your car is roadworthy
When was the last time you checked your cars’ oil levels? Or the tire pressure? Ensuring that your car is roadworthy is an essential holiday driving tip. How can you expect to reach your destination if your car isn’t working properly? If you’re unsure about the engine levels or your lights or battery, speak with a professional. Also, make sure you know how to change a tyre and keep all the relevant equipment available in the back of your car.
Keep the kids safe and preoccupied
Kids and long car journeys don’t usually mix. And kids that are uncomfortable and unhappy will soon let you know about it. Firstly, make sure that their car seats are fitted correctly and they’re secure. Keep them occupied with car games, colouring and activity packs, technology and snacks!
Take a break
Taking a break whilst driving is essential. You can become fatigued very quickly on the road and that could lead to accidents and poor reaction time, putting everyone in danger. Make sure you’re stopping every 100 miles minimum. Rest. Stretch your legs. Or stay overnight somewhere to break up the journey.
Are the suitcases on the roof strapped down correctly? Is your bike firmly secured onto your vehicle? If you’re driving with valuables in the car make sure that they’re hidden out of sight whenever you pull over or stop during your journey. We were once on a Motorway and somebody’s bike came off their roof rack as it wasn’t securely fastened. That was an extremely scary moment!
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