Awareness of your safety and of those travelling with you means taking into account a number of factors – from ensuring your shocks are in good condition to getting enough sleep the night before you get on the road.
Here is a must-do checklist before you travel:
A few weeks before your trip:
- Make sure your vehicle licence and driver’s licence are up to date.
- Check your vehicle for roadworthiness: your tyres and spare wheel (for tread and inflation), your shocks, lights, brakes, jack and wheel spanner.
- Check whether your insurance policy covers towing costs in the event of a breakdown. If not, up your cover or join the AA.
A few days before your trip:
- Take a few minutes to plan your trip – the stops you’ll take every couple of hours or every 250 kilometres, where you’ll refuel and overnight stops.
The day before:
- Check tyre pressure, coolant, fluids and oil levels.
- Make sure you get enough rest, at least six hours of solid sleep before you take to the road.
Before you leave the driveway:
- Ensure all luggage and cargo is put in the boot or properly secured to your vehicle. Never transport flammable liquid in your car.
- Make sure that you have useful information and devices handy – maps, GPS, driver’s licence, etc
- Keep your sunglasses handy.
- Buckle up and make sure your passengers do too. Drive safely and enjoy the journey.