Million sales of summer vacation by car drivers, which not only increases traffic on streets and highways, but the chances of mechanical failure incidents or accidents if not well prepared car.
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Many drivers often underestimate the importance of going prepared on a trip in the car, no matter if it is 100 or 1,000 miles, so experts tire manufacturer Goodyear compiled the Top 10 things you need to consider before getting in the car to go on vacation.
1. Be prepared: This may sound obvious, but often the lack of preparation can turn small problems into big headaches when driving for several hundred miles. Always check that you have packed everything that you left your house under control and you have agreed with your friends or relatives to collect the mail and feed your pet.
2. Be rested: This applies to the driver and passengers both. Never underestimate how physically exhausting it is a long trip, especially on roads that do not know or with heavy traffic. Drivers must have rested well and be fully aware of their surroundings while traveling. Passengers rested also help reduce stress in the car!
3. Pack appropriately: This is a typical game when we travel: find vehicles that are overloaded luggage for vacations while you circulate to your destination. Avoid overloading your vehicle and think twice about what you’re taking, because the weight of the load also affects gas mileage. For example, a beach umbrella may seem important, but if protruding from the passenger area of the vehicle may be worth buying or renting a destination. One solution is to place it on the roof rack of your car, to better distribute the load.
4. Investigate the route: The GPS navigation system is one of the wonderful new technologies, but a little study on driving time, roads to take and possible stops significantly reduce stress in advance.
5. Driving tranches: All road safety agencies recommend that long trips are divided into sections driving. Stop at least every two hours helps driver concentration. Light meals and drink plenty of water avoids that feeling of saturation and fatigue that is after a heavy meal. The same applies to your passengers, they will enjoy more if given the opportunity to stop and stretch your legs at a given time.
6. Driving shift: If possible, find a partner to take turns driving the wheel to reach the destination. This allows each driver to rest and increases concentration. A second driver you may also tell from the passenger seat when you face a potentially dangerous situation.
7. Check auto tuning: Modern cars are very reliable, but a breakdown in the middle of a long trip can quickly become a nightmare that cause stress and be costly. Check the tread of your tires before leaving. It is also advisable to check the level of engine fluids such as coolant, oil, brake and transmission.
8. Use only emergency lanes when absolutely necessary: These lanes are designed for emergencies, but do not guarantee your safety. Trucks and cars pass at a very short distance, so if you have to stop beside the road, try to stop the car where possible and safe, wear a vest with reflectors, turn on emergency lights and protects all world after the security barrier. If you have a sick or needy child, it is best to try to get to the next station, where you can park safely.
9. Check the tires: Make sure your tires are in good working order to have a safe and comfortable journey. Not only check the tread on the tires, but also make sure they are optimally inflated to match the needs of a fully loaded car. If you bring a trailer, you need to ensure that the tires are in good condition, not to mention double check latch mechanisms and electrical circuits to check that all rear lights and other necessary work properly.
10. Download an application security: There are dozens of security applications available for smart phones like the iPhone or Android, including the Goodyear Road Safety App that was designed specifically for journeys on road and has services solve most problems a trip or to contact the nearest service agency.
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