Driving safety tips and more family safety tips to take note of!

Driving safety tips and more family safety tips to take note of!

A full list of safety tips to take note of this long weekend!

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Here are some tips for motorists planning on being on the road during these weather conditions: 

  • Wet roads cause them to be slippery and dangerous at high speed. Lower your speed, keep a safe following distance and put on your headlights.
  • Look out for large puddles of water that could cause your vehicle to hydroplane, or you may lose control. Avoid splashing water on other vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Ensure that your windshield wipers are in good condition and check your tyre pressure. 
  • Avoid drinking or any use of illegal substances
  • Drive safely, stay alert and do not use your cellphone whilst driving. 
  • Add extra travel time when weather conditions are not suitable for the roadway. 

The things to check before you hit the road:

Check all your fluids

Before you embark on your road trip, make sure you check all the necessary fluids. These include engine oil, coolant levels in the reservoir (check when the engine is cold), radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and clutch fluid. You also need to make sure your windscreen wiper fluid is also working just in case you experience bad weather on your trip. If you have no idea how to check these things, then it is best to get a car service company to do it. And while you are there get them to check your brake pads. 

Check your tyres

This is the one thing most drivers remember to check before going on a road trip, but some people forget to check the spare as well. Make sure all your tyres have good tread on them, and in good working condition. Good tyre traction is important, especially in bad weather, so this is one thing you want to make sure you do thoroughly. You can also stop by your local gas station to check your tyre pressure before starting your journey. 

Check your battery 

Make sure your car's battery terminals are secured properly and are clean. You do not want to take a break during your trip only to find that you can't start your car again. 

Check your lights

Get someone to help you check all your car lights such as your indicator lights, headlights, tail lights, and brake lights. You need all your lights to be working correctly for safe driving during all times of the day. 

Check luggage 

Here's something than many people forget to do. Not only can over loading damage your vehicle, but it can also be hazardous in the event of an accident. It also effects the fuel economy of your vehicle. Your vehicle's weight load capacity is usually listed on a sticker inside the driver's door jam. Make sure your luggage is also secured properly. 

Check your emergency tool kit

Don't forget to check that your emergency kit has everything you need, and we are not just talking about your red reflective warning triangle and tools to change a flat tyre. You also need to make sure you have a map in there, just in case your GPS stops working, as well as a first aid kit. 

And finally, it is a good idea to wash your car before your trip to make sure all your windows are clean - which will ensure good visibility. Check your wiper blades as well, and make sure your licence disc is valid. Don't forget to carry enough money for petrol stops and tolls. A car phone charger or cellphone power bank is also a good idea. 

If you're travelling with babies in the car, here are some tips:

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