Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Be Prepared for the Holiday Road Trip

Going on vacation during the holidays can be the most exciting time of the year but it also can be a very rough time, especially if you are road tripping. Simple safety tips for holiday road trip can save you plenty of money and it can also save your life in some cases. Check out this long list of tips that one should go through before traveling.

Check the condition of your vehicle:
- Check or checked the brake system, steering, lights, battery and wiper blades.
- Check the condition, wear and tire pressure.
Clean lights and headlights.
Complete levels: engine oil, water washer, battery, brake fluids and cooling if necessary.
- Take a key for the wheels, jack, first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables.
- Make sure you have an auto warranty in place, just in case!

While installing luggage:
- Load your vehicle the day before departure.
Distribute the weight of the baggage.
- Do not place objects on the rear (they reduce visibility and become dangerous projectiles when braking.
- Check luggage before and during the journey while securing roof bars, your roof box, bike carrier for your trailer.

Get in shape for the start
- Prepare your itinerary carefully.
Sleep well the night before your trip.
Do not go after a day of work without being rested.
Eat a healthy diet. On departure day, take a light breakfast.

Occupy children
Check the positioning of their seat and explain the importance of focus.
Provide something to occupy them during the journey.
Ask them to drink often.
Stop every 2 hours in a place where they can play. 
Be sure to have the car checked over before you go and after you come back. That way you can anticipate problems and get them taken care of and off your plate. The holidays are stressful enough as is!

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