It’s that time of the year again when many people will be making their way to their chosen holiday destinations or visiting friends and family. This usually leads to an increase in traffic volumes along major routes. If you will be spending a lot of time on the road during these holidays, here are a few tips:
- Plan your journey with the AA’s useful route planning tools
- Carry your AA Membership card with you, or keep your Membership number and the Emergency Call Centre number handy on your phone
- Download the AA Rescue Service app for fast access to the AA with just one click!
- Before you leave make sure your car is in a roadworthy condition and check the oil, water and tyre pressure.
- Rest before and during your trip. You should stop every 2 hours or 200km.
- If you are planning a long journey be aware that the period around dawn is potentially the most dangerous time to be driving, as you may experience drowsiness. If you do, pull over, stop and rest.
- For some long journeys it may be necessary to stop part way and stay over. Consider this as part of your holiday and make it enjoyable. If you need accommodation for your stopover, take a look at our AA Quality Assured Accommodation.
- Take along games and toys to keep children amused and distracted.
- Do not use your cell phone while driving.
- Ensure everyone in the car is safely secured and wearing a seat belt at all times.
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
- Always obey the rules of the road.
- Be on the lookout for potholes or animals that may cross the road.
- The overall safety of you and your family is of primary concern. It is better to take a relaxed and careful drive than to risk not arriving at all.
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