Driving holidays are very popular. They can be a lot cheaper than the other options and allow you to stop and see things along the way. However, it is important that you make them as safe as possible for you and your family. Remember that as you are doing the driving, the responsibility for safety lies with you. Check out our advice for essential safety on a driving holiday below for some help.
The first thing that you need to do is to know that the vehicle that you are driving is up to the length of journey you are going to put it through. There is no point starting out on a ‘wing and a prayer’, and just hoping that your car will get you to your destination. You need to make sure that you have had it checked by a professional. Brand specific teams such as Jaguar Land Rover repair are the best. This is because they will be able to deal with any problems that are particular to your car.
Weather is something that we have no control over on a long journey. So the best thing to do it to be educated about the type of weather that you will be expected to drive in, and how best to do that.
For example, if you are driving through a hot, dry desert-like areas, then you need to make sure that you have enough water in the radiator. This will help to keep the engine cold. You’ll also want to have air conditioning so you can have the windows closed to all the dust and dirt but still keep cool.
Or, you may be driving across country in winter conditions. Then it is important to have the right thread on your tires so you can cope with ice and rain. It is also crucial to have some blankets and emergency rations in the car in case you get stuck in the inclement weather.
One of the most important things in being safe on driving holidays is to make sure that you plan enough stops. Driving is mentally taxing and can make you exhausted. That is is why you need to have regular stops that will allow you to get out and stretch your legs.
If you are planning journeys that are longer than a day, you need to make sure you arrange the different legs with somewhere to stop and sleep in between. If possible try and have a co-driver too so you can swap when the other gets tired.
A safety issue that many holidaying drivers forget about is that many distractions can come from inside the car. This is especially true if you are taking a family driving holiday and you have the kids with you.
Poor behavior caused by boredom and being cooped up for long periods of time can be very distracting to the driver. Especially if they are already tired from making a long journey. That is why it is vital to have things that will keep the little ones comfy and entertained, and allow you to keep focused on the job of driving.