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15 April 2022

Safe holiday motoring takes preparation

It’s school holiday time and for many that means hitting the road with friends or family. It’s an economical and fun way to create a memorable holiday but, whether you’re going off-road or living the high life, things won’t always go to plan. So, here are some tips to help get you where you’re going safely.

Before leaving home, ensure you have a roadworthy spare tyre and wheel on board and can operate the necessary tools for changing it. If your vehicle has run-flat tyres make sure you’re equipped if things go wrong. 

Never change a tyre on the side of the road if traffic is moving around your vehicle, call a breakdown service.

Inspect all tyres for wear and ensure they’re inflated to the recommended pressure. You can find this information in your vehicle’s manual or on the driver’s side door pillar.

Fill up your tank and, if heading off main roads, carry spare fuel in a purpose-made container. 

A first aid kit should always be in your vehicle, as should a portable phone charger. Take some cash, a torch and spare batteries, a blanket, and plenty of water. Carrying jumper leads is also essential.

If towing a caravan, trailer, or boat, ensure you connect it properly, and check to make sure all lights work, driving mirrors are correctly positioned, and that you can safely manoeuvre your vehicle.

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

There are lots of people sharing the roads during the holiday break. Be patient, be courteous, and take regular rest breaks. That way you will arrive safely and enjoy your holiday. 

See you on the road!

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym.

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