Driver safety tips for road trips

Summer holidays are the ultimate time for camping adventures, getting away from it all and recharging your batteries. But whether you’re travelling long or short distances, it’s important to be well equipped for any situation you may get yourself into, writes David Basha from Kumho Tyres.

Plan your trip beforehand

Before you head off on your camping adventure you’ll need to plan out the best route to travel. Take into account rest stops along the way, the weather forecast, the distance between towns, and of course how long the trip will take. A GPS is a great idea to set waypoints and stop-offs along the route, and to take the stress away from reading a map!

Check your vital signs

It sounds simple, but how many times have you left home without even thinking about oil or water levels? When you’re heading off on a road trip, it is a good idea to check everything the day before. That way you’re not rushing around the morning of and susceptible to forgetting something important.

Stock up

Certain stores may not be open on the weekend or late at night, so make sure you’ve stocked up on the essentials e.g. spare engine oil. It’s a good idea to check that your spare tyre is in proper working order in case of emergency.

Get your pressure right

If you’re not sure of the optimal pressure for your tyres, specifications should be inside the driver’s door or glove box. Remember to follow these guidelines when you’re inflating, as too little pressure in your tyres will create higher rolling resistance, which leads to a higher fuel consumption. If you’re taking a full car or towing a trailer it’s a good idea to add an extra 4PSI as heavy loads can put extra strain on your tyres.

Stop, revive, survive

The signs don’t lie, every two hours you should stop, have a break and freshen up. It is a good idea to switch drivers at these intervals to reduce fatigue levels and allow you to finish your journey safely.

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