SUR­VIVE the drive

Give your­self a bet­ter chance of a trou­ble-free hol­i­day with th­ese handy driv­ing tips.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

Tow­ing re­quires cer­tain driv­ing tech­nique, so make sure you prac­tice – in­clud­ing rev­ers­ing and park­ing – be­fore the big trip.

If chil­dren are ac­com­pa­ny­ing you on the trip, some ex­tra plan­ning could be re­quired. Fam­ily games, DVDs, reg­u­lar stops to stretch the legs, as well as plenty of liq­uids and su­gar-free snacks should help to keep them en­ter­tained and will con­trib­ute to a peace­ful jour­ney.

En­sure pets are re­strained through out the trip, and pack the car se­curely as loose items can be­come lethal mis­siles with sud­den brak­ing.

It’s vi­tally im­por­tant to en­sure your ve­hi­cle is fit for the trip, whether it’s an older model, or brand new, there are a few key things to check well be­fore pack­ing the fam­ily and lug­gage in.

En­sure all front and rear lights, wash­ers, wipers and horn are in per­fect work­ing or­der and that all tyre pres­sures, in­clud­ing the spare, are at man­u­fac­turer’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Check brake and clutch fluid lev­els, oil level and bat­tery wa­ter level, top­ping up if nec­es­sary.

Re­place dirty fil­ters, in­clud­ing cabin air fil­ter (if fit­ted), and check the con­di­tion and ten­sion of belts and pul­leys, re­plac­ing if re­quired.

Make sure all seat belts work prop­erly and booster seats are belted in se­curely.

The best thing you can do for the fam­ily be­fore trav­el­ling any sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance by road is to book your ve­hi­cle in for a ser­vice or safety check.

A reg­u­larly ser­viced ve­hi­cle han­dles well, doesn’t use ex­ces­sive amounts of fuel and is re­li­able on the road.

By hav­ing your ve­hi­cle ser­viced be­fore your hol­i­day, you in­crease its chances of cop­ing with the stresses of high­way driv­ing – and you give your­self a bet­ter chance of a trou­ble-free hol­i­day.

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