Handy tips to help you drive right and stay safe on the roads this holiday season.
At last, holiday season has arrived – and that means, chances are, you and your loved ones are planning to hit the road. But whether your plans are just a quick trip to the beach, or an epic cross-country road trip with a caravan in tow, staying safe behind the wheel is what matters most. So here are some handy tips to help you drive right and stay safe these holidays.
Before you hit the road
Before you start packing up the car, before you head to the petrol station, and even before you buy your road trip snacks, you need to make sure that your car is in good condition. This means checking the tyres (including the spare) – and replacing them if need be – and don’t forget about the wheel alignment either. You also need to make sure that your lights, breaks and clutch are all in good working order too, and that you’ve checked your oil, water and even your wiper blades. Plus, if you haven’t booked your car’s annual service yet, doing so before you head out holiday is always a smart choice.
Keep it in the car
No-one ever wants anything to go wrong on the roads, but it’s still important to be prepared for it, just in case something does happen. That’s why you should always keep a few basic emergency supplies in your boot. These should include items like a blanket, a torch, extra batteries, a couple bottles of water and a first aid kit. Of course, you should also always have a functional spare tyre, jumper cables, tyre iron and jack in your boot as well – not just during the holidays, but all year round.
Know your route
Whether you’re just taking a quick trip round the block or heading off on an adventure to places unknown, it’s always a good idea to have your route planned out beforehand. This should include doing a little pre-holiday research; seeing which routes are the fastest – or the busiest – checking out areas that have high accident rates and investigating which roads are the safest. On the upside, GPS has made road travel so much easier and safer too – so it’s definitely worth investing in a TomTom or Garmin GPS for your car. Or you can always just use your cellphone, but just make sure you have enough data and a spare charger nearby.
Take a break
Driving when tired is dangerous – even for the best drivers. So be sure to take regular breaks while you’re on the road. Also make sure you always get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road and, if possible, take turns behind the wheel. Of course, another thing to keep in mind, is to only stop in safe areas. Don’t just pull over on the side of the highway or in a deserted area. Rather try and find somewhere where you can safely park and grab a bite to eat or a cup coffee before continuing on your journey.
Make sure you’re covered
When it comes to driving right, the most important thing of all is to make sure you’ve got the right car cover. It’s the easiest, and most responsible, thing you can do for yourself and for others on the roads. Plus, when you insure your car with Dialdirect, you also get access to a whole host of benefits, such as Tow Truck Direct. So, if your car breaks down, runs out of fuel, you get a flat tyre, or you’ve been in an accident, you can count on Tow Truck Direct on the Dialdirect Insurance app to send someone to your rescue.
Being prepared for anything on the road, during the holiday season and all year long, is what driving right is all about.