Tips for Driving Long Distances Safely
Driving School Golden Grove on driving long distances. Taking a road trip can be a lot of fun but to ensure that your trip is safe and without problems take a little time in preparation before heading out the door. Driving for long periods of time can be hard on both the driver and on the car so it makes sense to prepare before you leave so that you can enjoy the drive and get to where you are going safely. Here are some basic tips to take into consideration when you are planning a road trip.
Get the car checked out
If your car is not in good condition it is almost a given that something will go wrong when you use it for a long trip. Even a new car should be checked to make sure the fluids are all good including the brake fluid, engine oil, and radiator coolant. You should also check the tyres are in good condition and the tyre pressure is okay. If you keep your car serviced on a regular basis a quick check should be all you need.
Many accidents occur because of drowsy drivers who are not paying attention to the road. It is important to take regular breaks when you are on a long drive so that you are alert while driving. If you are really tired find a safe place to park and take a nap. Parking next to other people at a fast food restaurant is usually safe. Do not park far away from other cars; you want to be in an area where there are other people. If you are going to be driving in an area where there will be lots of fuel stations consider filling your car up only half way when you leave on your trip. That way you will be forced to stop to get more petrol and stretch your legs. If the area you will be driving in is remote you will need to fill the car up before you leave and plan for fuel stops. Running out of fuel in a remote area can be not only a nuisance but dangerous.
Take some water and supplies along
It is always important to stay hydrated and this is particularly important when driving in an air conditioned car. In case your car breaks down you also want to have some water and food supplies with you particularly if you are driving in a remote area.
Drive safely & don’t be distracted
Always drive defensively or alert for hazard perception. Drive at the speed limit or lower if there are weather conditions that warrant a lower speed and put your day time lights on as a low beam can make your car easier to see. Always drive with your seat belt on and keep alert for any road hazards such as slow equipment, animals crossing the road or road hazards. Remember that you want to keep your eyes scanning the road including look ahead, the sides of the road, road surface, car mirrors and car instruments. Driving experts recommend that you repeat this scan every five to ten seconds continuously. This means you cannot be distracted with cell phone use, the stereo or other passengers.
Take the time to prepare your car, drive rested and alert and arrive at your destination safe and sound.