It’s tempting to think that it’s only the cold winter months that present hazards to drivers. In fact, the summertime can be just as dangerous for unwary drivers, which is why we’ve put together some top tips for staying safe on the roads this season. They are particularly pertinent if you’re setting off on holiday by car.
Make sure you take regular breaks
Particularly if you’re driving somewhere on holiday, your journey may be longer than you’re used to. Avoid making mistakes by taking regular breaks and staying hydrated.
Check before you drive
If you have access to the internet, a radio or a TV there’s really no excuse for not checking the roads before you travel. Checking for problems on your route can help you plan ahead, not mention cut down on stress which can cause you to make mistakes in the heat of the moment.
Don’t wear sandals or other clothing that may impair your driving ability. Change when you get to the beach, not at home!
Distract your kids before they distract you
Children, as parents well know, aren’t famed for their long attention spans. To ensure they don’t distract you while you’re driving, make sure you have enough activities for them to do in the car, be that videos, audiobooks or games they can play in their seats.
Don’t fall behind on servicing
Your call will only work well if it’s regularly checked and maintained. If you’re planning a particularly long journey or a holiday, get the car serviced a few weeks beforehand to avoid any nasty surprises.
Do your own checks
Just because it’s been in the garage recently is no excuse: it’s your responsibility to check basic aspects of your car. These include:
- tyre pressure
- presence of sufficient spare parts
This list is not exhaustive – make a list relevant to your specific vehicle and make sure you check off every item before you commence a long journey.
Always carry bottled water, a torch, an extra mobile phone, batteries, long-life snacks and other essentials in your car. It may sound paranoid but if you break down you’ll be glad to have them.
Research your holiday destination
If you’re taking your car abroad, there may be extra restrictions at your destination that stop you from driving as you would in England. These can include changing the strength of your lights and carrying breathalysers, so it’s worth checking before you travel.