We’ve already looked at some good advice to help you stay safe and secure on long trips. Here are some more tips for road users.
Know the traffic laws: If you are driving abroad, familiarise yourself with local regulations. Even if you’re at home, how long has it been since you checked the Highway Code? There are free tests that let you check your knowledge online.
Before setting off on a long trip, check your vehicle. Make sure the tyre pressures are correct and the tread depth is legal. Check the oil and coolant and top up the screenwash. Check that your wiper blades are not worn.
Join a breakdown association. You may not need to call on them, but it provides extra peace of mind should something go wrong.
If you leave the vehicle when taking a break, make sure that all of your valuables are out of sight in the boot or glove compartment. Be sure to lock up; extra locks for a van to protect its contents can be bought from sites like http://www.vehicle-accessories.net/Deadlocks-Van-Locks.
If you’re travelling with kids, plan ahead for places to take breaks for snacks and toilet visits. Make sure you have plenty to keep them amused, and stock up on travel sickness medicine.
Make sure you have tissues, wet wipes and other travel essentials. It’s also a good idea to have a basic first aid kit and a torch. Make sure your spare wheel and jack or emergency inflation kit are in place and in good condition.
You can save fuel by driving smoothly and avoiding harsh acceleration and braking. Cut weight by not taking stuff you don’t need, and take off the roof rack if you’re not using it.
If you’re in an unfamiliar area, start looking for somewhere to fill up when you’re down to a quarter of a tank so you don’t risk running out of fuel.
If you need to get food and drink, stop at a supermarket rather than a petrol station. Prices will be cheaper and more options are available.
Finally, make sure everyone aboard is wearing a seatbelt and children are in proper safety seats. Not only will it keep you safe, but it’s also a legal requirement.