Safety Tips for Easter Holiday Road Trips –
Easter is just around the corner and is a time of year when families travel together to spend the long weekend. In preparation for this busy time on the roads, we have compiled essential tips to ensure that you and your family have the safest and most memorable Easter possible.
- Always fasten your seat belt and consider it a life saver.
- Make sure that toddlers are secure in permissible child safety seats.
- Be aware of our surroundings at all times specifically for pedestrians, cyclists, other motorists and motor cyclists.
Prepare your vehicle
- Conduct a 5-point safety check on your tyres, brakes, suspension, lights and restraints.
- Check your tyre pressure when your tyres are cold, as the under inflation of tyres can cause excessive tyre wear and tear. Properly inflated tyres will also improve your fuel consumption.
- Make sure your lights are working for any night driving you over the long weekend. It is also a good time to clean the lenses for maximum visibility.
- Check your battery strength- a dead battery is not ideal for lost distance driving as your car can breakdown in the middle of nowhere.
- Remember, not all shops are open during this Holiday so make sure you stock up on all essentials.
Plan your trip
- Plan a safe route on well-lit roads and work out your rest stops and overnight stays beforehand.
- Ensure that your GPS up-to-date with all of the latest maps.
Take a break
- Stop every 2 hours for a 15-minute break to stretch, check your vehicle and for some refreshments.
- Be cautious of speed limits especially on unfamiliar roads to avoid fines and mistakes that could cause an unwanted occurrence.
- Remember that everyone is in the same position as you. Do not get frustrated is you are stuck behind a traffic. Be patient and wait your turn, and only overtake when it is 100% safe.
Share the driving
- If there is more than one driver in the car, share the load. This gives everyone the chance to have a nap and regain their energy during long distance trips.
- If you are a lone driver, remember to take a break. Rather add extra time to your trip due to rest breaks rather than drive tired and risk injuring yourself and others.
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