Be prepared

7 January 2022

Take the hassle out of holidays

It’s school holiday time and for many families that may mean the first road trip in a long time.

Driving is an economical and fun way to create a memorable holiday but, whether you’re going off-road or glamping, things won’t always turn out how you planned.

So, here are my tips to get you there safely.

Before heading off, check you have a roadworthy spare tyre and wheel on board, and you know how to change it.

Never change a tyre on the side of the road if there’s traffic close to your vehicle. Call a breakdown service instead.

Inspect all tyres for wear and ensure they’re inflated to the recommended pressure – that goes for trailers and caravans, too.

If towing a caravan, trailer or boat, connect it properly, checking all lights work, and you have correctly positioned the driving mirrors.

Also, make sure you know how to safely manoeuvre your vehicle and the load behind.

If your skills need brushing up, practise before you leave home.

Fill up your tank and carry spare fuel in a safe container if you visit remote areas.

Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle and a portable phone charger. Take cash, a torch and spare batteries, blankets and water. Carrying jumper leads is also essential.

Importantly, tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

There will be lots of people on the roads during the holidays. Be patient, be courteous, and take regular rest breaks.

That way we can all have a fun and safe holiday.

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym.

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