Your Long-Drive Checklist

If you’re planning a long drive, whether you’re on your own or with your family/friends, you need to make sure you’ve completed all of the appropriate checks and stocked up on things you might need. Long drives can be taxing, and you don’t want to find yourself drowsy behind the wheel, or with a car that breaks down! Here’s your long drive checklist to help you:

The Appropriate Checks

Making the appropriate checks before you go on a long drive is so important. Ideally, you should also give yourself enough time to sort out any issues you may have before you’re due to set off. This means not waiting until the morning of your drive to do them! Your should check your:

  • Tyre tread – this means your stopping distance will be safe and you’ll be able to handle your car better in adverse weather conditions.
  • Tyre pressure – your steering and braking will be affected if your tyre pressure is off. It may need to be different too, depending on whether you have lots of extra weight in the car, like kids and luggage.
  • Engine – you must check your water and oil levels and ensure they are topped up before you set off!
  • Windscreen and lights – your lights should be clean and in full working order, and there should be no issues with your windscreen.

Once you’ve ensured all of this is in place and the time comes for you to set off, make sure you don’t stress, just take your time. The largest number of crashes happens within the first 2 hours of a journey.
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An Emergency Number

Have an emergency number or two on hand so you can have peace of mind once you’ve set off. Make sure you have a reliable towing or breakdown company number, and know who should call in case of every eventuality.

Snacks, Gum, And H2O

Having the car stocked up with snacks, gum, and H2O will keep you feeling refreshed and alert.  Carrots and almonds are a great snack for energy, and the repetitive action of chewing gum will help to keep you focused on the road. Dehydration could make you drowsy, so have a bottle of water with you and drink regularly.

Plenty Of Sleep

Make sure you’ve had a good night’s rest or two before you’re due to drive. Drowsiness is one of the biggest killers when it comes to driving – you can find out about the topic here. You should also know when the best time is to take a rest from driving. If you find yourself yawning a lot and your eyes feel heavy, you definitely need to rest as soon as possible. If you find yourself day-dreaming or zoning out, you also need to get some sleep. It can be tempting to get everything done as fast as possible, but your safety and the safety of others should come first.

Plan Your Stops

It’s unrealistic to think you’ll be able to take one smooth drive to where you’re going. Plan a stop around once every two hours so you can stretch your legs and maybe even grab a coffee. You may also need to top up on fuel. Know where you can stop so you don’t find yourself panicking.

You can also do things like listen to a book on tape while you drive to keep your brain active. Happy driving!

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