If you are one of the lucky ones heading off on a well-deserved December holiday, you’ll want to make sure that the time you spend on the road is safe and relaxed. December means packed roads, tired drivers wanting to get to their holiday destination and those same irresponsible drivers you come across on a day to day basis. You might also be towing a trailer filled with your holiday goodies, something which will add extra stress along the way.
Your road safety is sadly not always in your hands. There are things that happen which are completely out of your control. But for the most part, by using our tips, staying alert and taking it easy, you can get to where you need to be, sink your toes in the sand, and spend the rest of the year in a state of relaxed bliss.
- Obey the rules of the road, especially the speed limit. The rules are not there to take away the fun of the adventure, they are there to keep you and those you share the road with safe. Going over the speed limit, or not following any of the other rules, can be fatal.
- Drive defensively. By doing this, you can lower the risk of being in an accident. Keep your eyes on the lookout all the time, so that you are well aware of what everyone else is doing, always be alert and use your better judgement. For instance, if it looks like someone is not going to stop at a light, rather wait.
- If you can avoid it, don’t drive after dark. Although the roads might be quieter after sunset, visibility is not great.
- Be careful when overtaking. Some of the worst accidents happen when someone is impatient and decides to overtake cars in dangerous situations. Don’t be this person.
- Never drink and drive. Under no circumstances is this a good idea. Just one drink could be enough to affect your better judgement, or if you are already tired, that one drink could make you fall asleep.
- Rest before you go and take regular breaks during your trip. This will help you keep focused and alert to everything that is going on around you. You also won’t have to worry too much about falling asleep behind the wheel. Ideally, you should take a break every 200km.
- Don’t expect your fellow drivers to drive the same way that you do. They might not follow the rules or they might be reckless. This is where driving defensively is going to come in helpful.
- Always wear your seat belt. Make a habit of putting it on when you get into the vehicle and make sure your passengers are also secure.
- Give your vehicle a full check before you go on your journey, to make sure that it is completely roadworthy.
- Don’t overload your vehicle. Whether you have hired a trailer or have one of your own, make sure that it is not overloaded.