It won’t be long until the kids are on summer holidays and, for many families, that means plenty of driving to visit friends and family.
Whether you are heading to the coast, out on a day trip to the dam or packing up the house and family to visit the in-laws at Christmas, it helps to be prepared.
You are not only ensuring the safety of your family, but other travelers who share the road. To ensure you get to your destinations, here are some must-have safety tips!
Prepare your car- have it serviced and checked with a spare tyre handy, no one wants the hassle of a break down.Also make sure the car is fully insured in case of an unwanted accident.
Remember double demerits – Do not speed, it’s not worth the accident or the hefty fine
Be rested before a long drive – plan the trip wisely and share the driving and take breaks every 2 hours to avoid fatigue.
Keep mobile phones charged – so if something does happen, you can call emergency services, but do not use them while driving!
Keep a map or GPS handy and stick to the roads you know or main highways to avoid getting lost.
Do not advertise that you’re going on holidays to the general public or on social media, as this encourages break and enters.
Be prepared – Always carry the basic first aid kit on you, just in case.
Carry water and oil in the car at all times, you never know when you might need them.
Keep restrained pets and everyone in the car, including children, for everybody’s safety.
NRMA estimates the busiest times to be the last day of school, 20th December, two days before Christmas on the 23rd, the day after boxing the day 27th, along with January 4th.
Otherwise – Enjoy your holiday!