GP Motor Works Travel Guide
So the time has finally arrived – you and your family get to go on the long awaited holiday…..yay!
If you are travelling by car you need to look at these holiday travel tips that GP Motor Works has put together for you to ensure that you are well prepared and to that you arrive at your destination safely.
The first thing you should do, before your departure date, is to book your car in for full service. If your maintenance schedule is up to date, then have your vehicle thoroughly checked. Things like your oil and water levels, tyre condition are important. Also get a warning triangle, torch, tow rope, jumper cables and a medical first aid kit. Check you car’s toolkit at the same time.
If you intend taking your trailer, ensure that the connection socket for the warning lights is functioning correctly. Also check your tyres and spare wheel.
Plan your route in advance – get familiar with the current state of the road. Find out if there are any road works or construction currently underway or if the number of lanes has been reduced and plan accordingly. Too many times we just want to get from A to B in the shortest possible time and we miss all the amazing scenery on the lesser used routes. Reduce your stress levels, take a different route.
If you are an AA member, get route information and maps from them.
Don’t leave valuables in plain sight when you stop for refreshments. Always keep cameras, handbags or anything of value safely stowed in the boot or trailer.
Make sure that you have all your emergency contact numbers available. Numbers for roadside assistance, insurance, medical, police and traffic authorities should be kept at hand.
Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged and invest in a charger for the car.
Travelling with Children
If you have children, plan activities or games for them to complete on the journey. If you are able to, get portable DVD players to keep them entertained. On a serious note, educate your children not to talk to strangers. Accompany them when they go to the rest rooms – don’t take chances – sadly there is sharp increase in kidknapping and human trafficking.
Driver Fatigue On Your Journey
Beware of driver fatigue – one of the main causes of accidents is when the driver falls asleep behind the wheel. For every two hours of travel take a fifteen minute break. Park the car safely, get out and stretch your legs, swings your arms around and generally loosen up. This will refresh your mind and body.
Learn to drive defensively and be on the look out for erratic driver behaviour. Maintain your following distances and don’t brake suddenly.
As you can see, with relatively little effort, you can be prepared for your journey and keep your loved ones safe.