Holiday driving

If you are planning a holiday, you have probably taken a great deal of time planning your destination, accommodation and which tourist attractions to visit. But many people forget to take the time to prepare for the long drive to get to their holiday destination. The following tips will help you prepare for holiday driving, to help ensure your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons!

Firstly, it is important to check your car. You can have your car serviced, checking oil, brakes and tyre pressure and condition among other things.

You should also prepare a kit to assist you in emergencies, including items such as a blanket, torch, water and first aid kit.

If you need to use a GPS, do not place it on your windscreen, this can block your vision and cause distraction. Place your GPS on audio cues and put it out of your line of sight.

If you have a long drive ahead, make sure you are well rested before you set out, and plan your drive so that you can include regular breaks to rest and avoid driver fatigue. You should aim to take a break every 2 hours for at least 15 minutes. You can plan your route and trip time to make the most of established rest areas with toilets or playgrounds. During peak periods, driver fatigue stations operate in many states, so you can make the most of a complimentary coffee while you rest.

If you are travelling with children, you should check that any child seats are properly installed. Remember too that all adults also need to wear a seat belt at all times.

It is a good idea to pack entertainment for children, such as a portable DVD player, games and CD’s. It is handy to have snacks and drinks in the car too, but try to avoid too many sugary treats!

Remember that both speeding and alcohol are the cause of countless tragic deaths on our roads. Please drive safely so that you can enjoy your holiday!

Finally, you may want to check that your car insurance is up to date before heading on your holiday. Find out more about car insurance from Real Insurance or get a car insurance quote online today.