Hitting the road on your next trip with your new tyres on your ride? Whether you’re going to Grandma’s with the kids or heading to check out a museum art and design expo, do not leave home without our tried and tested driving tips. Read on to learn more about avoiding traffic, saving cash and staying safe (and remaining awake!) on your next trip.
- If you do not know this one, shame on you. Never ever drink any alcohol before your trip. While you might not end up being inebriated from one beer, you will become drowsy.
- Keep an eye on the skies, and if you can, prepare a route around harsh weather. A small detour might, in fact, wind up saving you major time.
- Utilize mobile phone apps such as Waze or Google Maps to guide you around traffic jams.
- Not even a GPS app is foolproof, particularly in remote locations, so we suggest bringing a detailed map or road atlas as a backup simply in case.
- Keep costs down by conserving petrol as you drive. Reduce unexpected starts and stops, empty your automobile of all unnecessary weight, and slow down – in a lot of cars, it takes much less fuel to drive 55 miles an hour than it does to drive 70.
- If you are driving a rental car, familiarize yourself with the vehicle and all of its devices (horn, brakes, risk lights). Always carry a remote first aid kit in the car for long road trips. Sometimes a small first aid training right before the journey has proven to really help out during long road trips, for everyone’s safety.
- If you do need to stop, move your vehicle off the road. Never ever park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason except an emergency. You don’t want to end up being part of the landscape like an art museum full of car wreckage.
- Prior to setting off on a long road journey, make sure your car is in prime condition – that your kumho tyres are correctly inflated, all fluids are at their correct levels and you have a full tank of petrol. (For the especially long journey, you may want to have your mechanic do a more comprehensive check.).