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Tips For Your Road Safety
 
A holiday is supposed to be filled with fun, excitement and adventure so you will want to remember your holiday for the right reasons not the wrong ones. Following these simple guidelines will help keep you and your family safe while you travel around in your rental car or campervan.

The bombardment of road safety warnings in the media and on the road these days, makes speeding and/or driving without your seatbelt on simply inexcusable. Following the basic laws of driving in order to preserve the lives of those in the car with you and those in cars around you. will ensure your holiday is a safe and memorable one.

Before you even turn the engine on, make sure all occupants of the car have their seat belts fastened, especially small children. This precaution could literally save their lives. Out of safety and courtesy, do not tailgate other cars. This causes anger and bad feeling on the road, and this can lead to road rage which is very dangerous. Be patient, and if you need to overtake, make sure you are driving on single lines and you have a clear view of any incoming traffic. It is more sensible to wait a few extra minutes than risk many lives for the sake of getting somewhere 5 minutes earlier.

There are plenty of driver reviver stops on most highways that give you a chance to have a coffee and freshen up. Fatigue is one of the biggest causes of road accidents, so it makes sense to pull over if you are starting to feel sleepy. If there is a long stretch of driving ahead, try and share this with another licensed driver if there is one in your travelling party.

While planning your travel itinerary, make sure you arrange accommodation in advance to allow you to break up your journey. give yourself a night or two accommodation to break up the journey. This will also allow you to slow down and fully appreciate your surrounding scenery along the way.

Drinking and driving is absolutely unacceptable, no matter what your age and license type. This is another one of the highest causes of road fatalities and can easily be prevented.

Mobile phones are also somewhat of a hassle while driving, so put it on silent and leave it in your bag. No one reads a book when they are driving, and so no one should try and operate a phone. It distracts you and hinders your ability in the same way that falling asleep at the wheel does.

Being prepared for your trip is an essential aspect of your safety. Keep an eye on your gauges and instruments on the dashboard, and always check your oil and water before a long drive. Its advisable to check your tyre pressure as well, especially if you are doing any off road driving. If you are in any doubt pull over to a service station to ensure you haven’t missed anything. Loose objects rolling around the car can cause damage or distract the driver. Bottles or cans getting behind the footpedals can be extremely dangerous, so make sure you throw them out once you are finished with them.

In wet conditions, make sure you take it slowly and carefully. In heavy rain, switch on your headlights so other vehicles will not miss you. Dont be afraid to pull over and take a break if the road gets too slippery or if it is too heavy for you to see properly. Be just as wary of the heat. Do not leave your children in a hot car with the windows done up! There have been increasing incidences of this happening, and it is life threatening. Ensuring the safety of your children should be top priority.

Travel games are an enjoyable way to pass the time, but make sure they don't distract the driver. Also, keep them to the back seat so that do not infringe on the driving space at all. Games of ‘I spy’ are great for everyone else, but don't involve the driver as its difficult to look around the car and surrounding scenery when you are supposed to be watching the road.

Lastly, there are a number of essentials that you should bring on all road trips, to ensure you are prepared for a smooth running and enjoyable holiday. Drinking water, a torch and first aid kits are a must as you never know when you will need themt. Keep a bag with changes of clothes and extra food if you are planning a day trip somewhere, as well as a warm blanket in the back seat. Keep all the information you need to call for an emergency, as well as yours and a family members contact details if someone else needs to contact you in an emergency. Locality maps and tourist information will all help you plan well for a safer and enjoyable holiday for everyone.

If you take all of these tips into consideration and put them into practice, you can be assured that your holiday will be a safe, pleasant and enjoyable one.

Christine Barton




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