Some Bits of Advice on Driving during Summer
People usually drive for long hours when they’re on vacation. They even tend to keep driving even when they’re tired. What can make things worse is the monotony of some roads, which can constitute a source of fatigue for drivers.
Because fatigue can reduce attentiveness behind the wheel, stop driving when you start feeling the effects of fatigue. If you started driving in the morning, stop early. If you feel tired, spend a good night of sleep before hitting the road again. It would probably be wise to rest until the next morning. It is equally important to regularly take breaks. By doing so, you can stay more vigilant behind the wheel, and your trip will be more pleasant for your passengers. The vehicle will also have enough time to cool down.
If you’re travelling with kids on board, bring along lots of games and books so that they will stay occupied. Playing games and singing songs will make your trip way more fun.
It is dangerous to leave a child, a vulnerable person or a pet unattended in a vehicle. The car’s interior can turn into an oven in less than 20 minutes, even during a temperate day, and this can have deadly consequences.
The Safety of your Passengers and your Vehicle
Precaution number one in terms of passenger safety is to ensure that all passengers are wearing their seatbelts properly.
Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked. Repair or replace worn out parts to avoid trouble and costly repairs and time loss that can spoil your vacation. Verify the condition and pressure of all your tires, including spare ones. Replace worn out or cracked wiper blades. Make sure that all your lights, including turn signs, are in good condition. Carry a flashlight, flares and a first aid kit, and store them in a convenient place. Do not forget your sunglasses, maps, notebook and pen. These items are always useful when travelling.
When you refuel your car, take the time to check the engine oil and other liquids. Also take the opportunity to clean the windshield, rear window, mirrors, headlights and tail lights. Simple maintenance will reduce your fuel consumption and repair costs.
When the Vehicle Is Overcharged or Is Pulling a Trailer
More and more people travel with a trailer. There are even some who decide to pull a boat behind them or carry an extra load just to be able to spend a few extra weeks of vacation.
If your vehicle is heavily loaded or is pulling a trailer, give yourself more space to stop or to overtake other vehicles. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you – knowing that you need about three seconds for every six meters (20 feet) to stop your vehicle.
Before attaching a trailer or an extra load to your vehicle, make sure that it is well-equipped to handle it. Check your user’s manual or consult your dealer if you have any doubts. Make sure that your mirrors allow you to see what’s happening behind your vehicle.
If you drive slower than others, show some courtesy. Give way for other vehicles.