Allan Ostenfeld

Long Distance Driving Tips

Going into the Christmas holiday means that roads are going to be busier than usual. However, it is sad to say that busier traffic would usually result in more accidents and fatalities. So, if you are planning to have a road trip to visit your family or just any other road trip, read our tips to have a safe and fun road trip.

Prepare Your Car

Prior to your road trip, make sure that your car is in top condition and that it has been serviced recently. If you notice that your car service date is due soon, book an appointment for your car to be serviced before you leave. Another thing you could do is to perform your own safety check. This will include checking your radiator, transmission, engine oil as well as your brakes and clutch. If you are unsure how to do this, you could always check your car manual.

You should also check for your tyre pressure. To do this, you could head to the closest petrol station to get your tyre checked. If you are not sure the correct pressure for your tyre, you could find out in your car manual book. And always bring a spare tyre with you.

Expect the Unexpected

Good preparation also means preparing for the unexpected. There are plenty of things that you could prepare in case of an emergency. It is recommended to always bring an emergency kit in your car. You could also bring a car jack in case you experience a flat tyre during your travel. If you could not fix your flat tyre, make sure you have the number of roadside assistance provider to call upon during an emergency. In addition, make sure your insurance is up to date and that your insurance policy covers emergency accommodation, transport as well as repairs.

Plan Your Way

Before you embark on your road trip, planning out the distance and route to take using a map or GPS is always recommended. Make sure that you plan a 20-minute break every 2 hours or so and do not forget to account the potential delays due to traffic.

When planning your trip, pick a departure time that ensures you arrive at a reasonable and safe hour. Driving during the nighttime may mean that you’ll be tired when you are driving, which is always a dangerous thing to do. So plan carefully before you embark on your journey.

Share the Drive

Fatigue from driving is one of the biggest contributing factors to road accidents. Thus, it is imperative that the primary driver is well-rested and in the best condition to drive, especially for a long-distance trip. Driver fatigue accidents tend to happen when the driver is alone, so if when you are driving with friends or family, it is recommended to share the responsibility of driving with others.

Stay Entertained

Driving long distances could be boring and tedious, however, it does not have to be this way. Whether you are with your friends or family, staying entertained throughout your travel will help the driver stay alert and keep everyone’s morale happy.

One way to stay entertained during your travel is with music. It is a great companion for driving, but it could lead to disputes and arguments. To prevent this, create a playlist that includes everyone’s favourite music or you could even make it into a game where everyone in the car has to guess the artist and title of the song.

Another way to stay entertained is a podcast that’s easy to listen and highly engaging. You could put on a comedy podcast, historical podcast, fictional, talk shows and so much more. If podcasts are not your cup of tea then you may want to consider audiobooks of your favourite books.

Long-distance driving will be easier if you have the right car for your family. If you think that your old car doesn’t suit your long road trip with your family, do not hesitate to contact Cash 4 Cars, St George. We are willing to pay up to $9000 for your old and unused cars.

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