Tips for driving over the long weekend


As the long weekend approaches our attention is focussed on the pleasures derived from being away from work – a few long weekend possibilities I think. We should also spend some time considering holiday driving.

Without drawing attention to anything specific this week we would rather use the opportunity to remind readers of some basics they should, as drivers or passengers, pay attention to while on the road.

Amongst the many we could enumerate, the following tips for holiday driving should be noted as deserving special mention:

  • Remember to keep an adequate following distance. This is a minimum of three seconds
  • Don’t drive fatigued!! Take a regular break. Stop every two hours or 200km for a rest.
  • Plan your route to your holiday destination. On this plan, add where you plan to stop and stick to this.
  • Resist the temptation to perform acts which fall under the category of DWD. Distracted while driving is equally as applicable to eating, smoking and changing CD’s as it is to using a mobile phone. Leave these tasks up to the passengers.
  • Travel with lights on. It is as important to be seen as it is to see. The ‘Lights On’ campaign is seeing more support recently but South African drivers could still do better. Conditions in our country make it especially beneficial to us, particularly on the routes to holiday destinations.
  • Of course let’s not forget a thorough pre-trip vehicle inspection. And while you are checking your tyres ensure your spare is inflated and roadworthy.
  • If you are towing trailers or caravans ensure you load them correctly. Click here to read a previous article on tips for towing
  • Always keep an eye out for pedestrians on the highway or other reckless drivers and keep a safe distance.

Lastly – due to the increases in fuel prices we can expect in coming months, adhering to speed limits can benefit us in more than one way during your holiday driving. One of the easiest ways to save on fuel is to keep to the speed limit. Better still, many vehicles will achieve even better consumption if the revs are kept between 2000 and 2500 rpm. Try it and you should see a 15% saving and in all probability an additional 100 – 150 kms on a tank of fuel.

Til next time – do not become a statistic over Easter weekend!

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