You’re getting ready for a road trip but there are a few things left to do. How do you prepare your car for the trip?
1. Check the car:
Before you go on a long car trip always check your vehicle to make sure it is safe to drive and won’t cause any accidents or inconveniences while on the road.
Check to see if you need to replace your tyres before the trip. Tyres should be no older than 10 years and you should consider replacing them if you notice any irregularities while driving, such as shaking or squeaking noises. If you discover cracks have them inspected right away and when you do replace them, make sure you choose the right car tyres to match your performance requirements. There are many high-quality car tyres available that can still be purchased at an affordable price.
Aside from the tyres, don’t forget to check the oil in your car, especially if you notice your engine overheating or if the warning light comes on that indicates that the oil pressure may need to be adjusted. Its best to have your vehicle inspected by a professional shop. The cooling liquid, whether you have enough windshield cleaning liquid and if the lights are working properly are also important things to check regularly.
2. Before you leave, plan the route you’re going to follow carefully:
Planning stops at gas stations and restaurants can make it easier to get enough rest while driving. This way you won’t have to spend time searching for a place to stop and eat or stretch your legs. You might find some nice restaurants in towns along the motorway.
3. As the driver you must feel well rested, well hydrated and alert:
Avoid taking any drugs or alcohol and have some coffee ready if you need it. Make sure you get enough sleep before the trip and avoid getting into the car after sleeping only a few hours and attempt to drive for several hours. This could lead to an accident with serious consequences.
4. Pack essentials into the car:
A sweet drink (in case the driver needs it), GPS if needed, emergency equipment such as high visibility vests or triangles, first aid kit, external battery for the phone, etc.
5. If the drive is too long, the driver will need to rest every 2 hours.
Fatigue can be very dangerous when driving so don’t take it lightly. Even if you take breaks regularly, don’t spend more than eight to ten hours a day driving. It’s better to take your time than to risk having an accident.
If you do notice that you are feeling fatigued, stop to rest as soon as you can. Listening to talks and discussions on the radio rather than music can help you stay alert. You could also try to adjust your seat and turn down the heater in the car. Warmer temperatures can make you sleepy while cooler temperatures can help you stay awake.