As the Easter holidays are approaching, many families will be heading to various destinations across the U.S. If you are one of the many people behind the wheel during this time, here are some tips to ensure you return home safely.
Before you venture out on the road, make sure your vehicle is in good condition to make the journey. A well-maintained care will keep drivers and their families safe. Check the oil, all fluids such as window washer and coolant to ensure they are all full and not leaking. This simple check can make all the difference on your journey.
Plan your route before departing. This includes paying close attention to areas where crashes are common and planning where to stop. Once you have this route, stick to it.
Be aware of your surroundings
Employ defensive driving techniques throughout the trip. There will be many other drivers on the road and may pose more danger than you would imagine. Many drivers are easily distracted by children in the vehicle, phones and other situations that may arise. Be mindful and defensive, and always keep your eyes on the road.
Get enough rest
Driving while tired affects driving ability in the same way as drinking alcohol; it reduces reaction times and affects concentration and co-ordination. Make sure you get a good night's sleep before you hit the road - taking regular breaks while driving on long trips may also help fight fatigue.
It is so simple and you would expect everyone to do it, but surprisingly enough, they don't. This life-saving act is very important and please make sure you do not set off until everyone's seats are fastened.
Pick a speed and stick to it!
Always travel at a speed that enables you to stop safely in the distance you can see to be clear. Remember that a three-second following distance is for good conditions only.
Put your family first
Stop off only at service stations or other dedicated rest locations. Plan rest stops in busy/well-lit areas and remove everything of value from your vehicle as soon as you arrive at your destination.
Drinking and driving does not mix, ever. Keep the "morning after effect" in mind and remember that you could still be impaired even if you feel fine.
Have a Happy Easter and Safe Driving!