Top safety tips for long driving trips

Its long weekend, baby! Or is it “weekends”?

Well, the more, the merrier, they say. One can thus expect people will grab opportunities and many special holiday offers available to move out of the house to refresh and recoup their sense of freedom. This lockdown is really not good for the soul.
Roads will be busy and populated with more cars and probably more pedestrians than usual, so it is imperative to drive with care.

Managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert shares his top five safety tips:

• Avoid distracted driving. Pre-plan your trips to remove as many distractions as possible. Subscribe to an app, like ping, that reads your messages out loud for you, preselect your road trip music, plan your journey or add it to your vehicle or cell phone GPS before leaving, think of ways to keep the kids entertained beforehand and prepack easy-to-eat snacks.

• Avoid late night travel. While it may be tempting for various reasons, avoid breaking curfew and travelling at night. Your biological clock puts you at higher risk of fatigue, visibility is unavoidably lessened at night and the quiet hours tend to attract drivers who may wish to avoid authorities. Rather leave after a good night’s rest.

• Go easy on medications. Whether you are recovering from an illness or are tempted to take painkillers after long hours behind the wheel, be careful what you consume while driving. Much of these medications cause fatigue and impaired driving. If you need to take such a medication, rather get someone else to drive for the next portion of the trip. It also goes without saying that a night of drinking before you leave is a definite no.

• Rest easy. As mentioned, ensure you leave after a full night’s rest. Additionally, stop every two hours for at least 15 minutes to stretch and give your mind a rest from driving. If you have a co-driver, alternate driving shifts every two hours. Despite all these precautions, you may still feel fatigued, at which point you should take a break from driving and select a way to revive yourself that works best for you.

• Vehicle maintenance: ensure your car is as prepared for the trip as you are. Check your tyre pressure and condition, ensure your vehicle is up-to-date with services and check that items like windscreen wipers have not perished.

Drive safe! Do not become a statistic or be the reason why someone else becomes one.

Source: MotorPress