How to stay safe on road trips this summer

JonathanJuly 17, 2013

It’s that time of year when holidays are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and people are itching to hit the road and set off for their vacation destination. Regardless of where you’re going or what you’re doing – visiting family, going abroad or spending some time alone with your partner – getting a little rest and relaxation is important after months of the daily grind. Just be sure you take all the necessary steps to prepare for your trip, otherwise your blissful holiday could quickly develop into a stressful situation.

Is your car up to the challenge?

The first step is to assess the road-worthiness of your car. If it hasn’t been serviced in a while, take it into a reputable mechanic for check-ups and repairs. However, if your vehicle simply isn’t performing like it used to, it might be time to consider getting a new one. Leasing a new car from UK Carline will ensure you get a great, fuel efficient model that’s been maintained to an extremely high standard.

Consider an eco-friendly option like the Chevrolet Spark Hatchback, with low CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km. This stylish, compact car gets an impressive 55.4 MPG, which will save you lots of money at the pump.

Be prepared

Although a new, factory-grade car will minimise your risk of an incident, it’s a good idea to prepare for the worst. Just in case of a roadside emergency, make sure you have all the necessary kit to get you back on track. Keep these items handy:

– A safety vest

– First-aid kit

– Flashlight

– EU accident form

– Breakdown triangle

– Camera to document damage to your car

– A spare tyre, stored in the boot

– Spare key

Plan ahead

Avoid getting lost on the way by studying maps and suggested sat nav routes ahead of time and familiarising yourself with the journey before you set off. In addition, check the forecast to know what kind of weather conditions you’re likely to face.

Take breaks to stay alert

Be advised that long-distance driving zaps energy, so it’s important to stop for frequent breaks. A brief pit stop every one to two hours will help fight fatigue and improve concentration, reflexes, hazard perception and reaction time.

By following these simple tips, you’ll ensure you and your family arrive at your destination safe and sound, and in good spirits.

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