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