With the holiday season upon us, many of will be jumping in your cars for that day trip out or holiday with the family. While we can’t do anything about the British weather, traffic delays or the incessant “are we there yet?”, we can give you 17 Essential Tip to Driving this Summer to keep you and your passengers safe and help your journey run that little bit smoother.
- Check your fuel, oil, water, coolant and tyre pressure before setting off to avoid breakdowns.
- Plan your route especially if you are travelling to an unknown area.
- Ensure you have refreshments and a fully charged mobile phone in case of emergency.
- If you suffer from hay fever, remember to take your medication, you don’t want to have a sneezing fit driving at 70mph.
- When loading luggage inside the vehicle do not obscure your view through the rear window and if using a roof rack, do not overload and ensure it is strapped securely.
- When travelling with children pack toys, books and iPad’s etc. to keep them occupied.
- Buckle up and consider buying an in car safety harness for the dog for their and your protection in the event of a road traffic accident.
- Stay focused, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel and never check your phone while behind the wheel.
- Don’t drive tired, schedule regular stops of at least 20 minutes.
- Have sunglasses to hand; dazzle from the sun could cause an accident.
- Beware of slow moving or wide vehicles such as tractors.
- Slow down and give a wide berth to horses being ridden or cattle crossing the road.
- Give consideration to learner or newly qualified drivers; we have all been there once.
- Road repairs are a common sight in summer but loose chippings can cause cracks and chips to your windscreen and paintwork. Keep to any temporary speed limits and keep your distance from the vehicle in front.
- Take extra care when driving during or after rain as the road surface can become slippery.
- Keep your keys safe, it is all too easy to lose your keys whilst playing on the beach or taking a dip in the sea.
- Never leave a child or a pet unattended, heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 14c and on a hot day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels within minutes.
So remember, be prepared, keep your cool, don’t rush, expect delays and have a safe journey!