Many people like to go on motoring holidays, however, there can be problems along the way if you do not plan properly before you set off.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your holiday and stay safe on the road.
Read the manual carefully to learn how to tow a caravan, boat or trailer correctly. Attaching the rope directly to the steering mechanism, other equipment or rear axle will not work and will be seriously unsafe if it comes apart en route.
If you encounter smoke, fire or any other emergencies along the way, then put on your headlights and find the clearest safe area to pull over and park immediately. Call the emergency services and follow their instructions.
Many people fail to take sufficient rest breaks, putting themselves at risk of falling asleep while driving, especially on a motoring holiday. Travelers should realize the serious risk this represents and must not continue driving when they are too tired.
Driving at low speeds allows you to save money. For example; travelling at 110km/h will consume 25% more fuel than travelling at 90km/h.
Half-chewed gum is a good emergency solution to fix a radiator or petrol tank and seal any holes until you reach a garage or service station.
If a tyre blows out on the way, do not make any sudden or sharp moves. Gradually slow down and control the vehicle until you can get it out of danger. Use the handbrake sensibly if the front wheels are damaged.
Look out of the window and concentrate on the skyline. Sit in a comfortable part of the vehicle and do not read or use electronic devices. Pack medication, just in case and try to avoid stopping at the side of the road for too long, especially in fats-moving traffic.
Do not overtake without checking thoroughly all around you for other vehicles. Check your mirrors and then take an extra glance over your shoulder to see if any cars are in your ‘blind spot’. Make sure the roads are clear before making your move.
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