Plan your road trip now
Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. Remember to check all fluids in the vehicle.
Make sure the rear and front signal lights, wipers and headlights are working. Also check the tyre wear and tear.
Ensure you have a spare wheel, first-aid kit and fire extinguisher in the vehicle.
It is never a bad idea to plan your route. Take note of all filling stations, police stations and hospitals.
Have a look at the weather forecast for the route you are going to take as well as the area you will be spending time at to determine if it is still worthwhile to go. If you decide to go, make sure you pack appropriately.
When packing, consider where you are going and what you are going to be doing. Take the appropriate clothes and shoes.
Keep a list of telephone numbers of people to contact and your medical history. This will come in handy in case an emergency.
Let people you trust know where you are going and when they can expect you back.
Always ensure children in the vehicle are appropriately restrained. Use a child safety seat where applicable and ensure it is strapped in correctly.
Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are driving in direct sunshine, wear sunglasses. Glare strains the eyes and adds to fatigue.
Do not wear tinted glasses after dark. Although they help reduce the dazzle of oncoming headlights, they restrict your ability to see dimly lit objects.
Make sure you rest before your journey. Take as many breaks as you need while driving.
Refrain from road rage. If someone annoys you, rather keep your distance and ignore them.
Be alert at all times and do not speed.