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Top 5 tips for staying safe on the road

posted Sep 12, 2012, 8:32 AM by Bruce Williams
If you are thinking about taking the family out for a car trip, then there are a few things you need to consider before you set out on your journey. This includes planning your route well in advance so you know exactly where you are going and which roads you need to take. Many family days out take you to places you are unfamiliar with so if you know the route there is less chance of you getting lost en route. If you are travelling for a long time, make sure you stop for a rest to break up your journey, stretch your legs and refresh yourself ready for the next leg of your journey.

If you are travelling on a motorway, make sure your respect the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Before you set out on a trip you have to check all the tyres and this includes the spare to make sure it has air in it. Check that all your lights are working including your indicators and break lights. Driving any distance means staying alert and knowing what all road signs mean as these do occasionally change, so you have to keep up to scratch.

A lot of road traffic accidents happen because people are in too much of a hurry, so take your time and enjoy the journey rather than rush to get to your destination. If you have the misfortune of breaking down, make sure you pull your car well off the road and if this happens on a motorway then you have to get all the occupants out of the car and wait a little distance away on the side of the motorway until the rescue vehicle arrives. If you have just passed your test then remember all the instructions you were given during your driving lessons as this will remind of all the safety aspects of driving a car on a public busy road.