The summer holidays are on the horizon and in a few short weeks thousands of people will packing everything but the kitchen sink into their cars and heading off to the coast. But with so many precious (if occasionally noisy and smelly) things in your car, it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider how you can protect your family during your journey.
Below is 5 of the most common causes of traffic accidents and how to avoid them.
1 Don’t drive tired
It won’t be a surprise to hear that one of the leading causes of traffic accidents is tiredness. So, if you are making a long car journey, why not break it up by stopping at a tourist destination on the way?
If you really can’t wait to get to your holiday destination, check for convenient service stations before leaving and plan to take a break roughly once an hour.
2 Check your tyres before you leave
Worn tyres can seriously affect your ability to control your car and can even lead to dangerous tyre blowouts. To ensure your tyres are up to the task, check them thoroughly before you leave and if you have any doubts get them double checked by a professional.
Luckily if you do need to replace your tyres there a plenty of options. You can even opt for a supplier like Iverson Tyres Ltd who can deliver your new tyres direct to your door!
3 Keep to the limit
When you’re on holiday it can be tempting to relax a little too much. Despite awareness efforts drink driving is still one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the UK and worryingly many people aren’t even aware what the legal limit is. So, if you want to relax with a beer, either head out on foot or flip a coin for designated driver!
4 Mobile phones
New laws were introduced in 2017 to make using mobile phones while driving an offence with some fairly heavy penalties, but with most of us glued to our phones 24/7 it can be easy to forget. If you’re the type to check their phone every few minutes, make sure that it’s out of reach while you’re driving, yes even if you’re stuck in traffic or sat at traffic lights! If you’re using your phone as a sat nav, remember that you must use it hands free with a dock.
5 Don’t get distracted
This may be easier said than done if you have children in the back seat, but activities such as eating, drinking, or fiddling with the CD player distract you from the road and as a result increase your chances of ending up in a traffic accident.
Try to leave all of these activities until you reach a rest stop and if possible put someone else in charge of the music. You never know, you might enjoy 70s disco!
If you have a tip for staying safe while driving this summer, please leave a comment!
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