Preparing for some time away with your family involves a great deal of planning and preparation. There are various modes of transport to consider, as well as confirming multiple reservations and bookings.
We have put together some handy tips to help you enjoy a safe, memorable vacation with your family.
Ensure Your Vehicle Is Well Maintained
If you are traveling by car, the last thing you want to experience on holiday is a breakdown. Make sure that your vehicle is inspected before-hand, and take care of any items that need replacing or repairing.
Ask the vehicle service center to do a thorough check, and don’t forget the tires. Tires should be inflated to the correct pressure for the terrain through which you will be traveling.
If you plan to travel with a large amount of luggage, ensure that the bags and suitcases are securely stowed in your vehicle. It is not a good idea to stack cases loose on the back seats of your car. This will obstruct your rearview and increases the chances of an injury.
Roadworks always appear at the most inopportune times, and severe accidents can also result in traffic being diverted. Try to have a backup plan in the form of an alternate route you can use should there be an obstacle en-route.
If you are involved in a road accident, stay calm and check that everyone in the car is unhurt. It can be tempting to continue driving if everyone and everything seems fine. It is far better to bring your vehicle to a complete stop and make sure you have photos of the accident scene.
If there are any witnesses, take their contact details so that you can talk to them later if needed. If there are any injured passengers, it is essential to contact a personal injury specialist who can walk you through the necessary process. Diamond and Diamond will explain, step by step, what actions you need to take regarding the incident.
In the event of a case of negligence by a road's authority or another driver's error, you may have grounds to lodge a claim against the other party.
Long-distance drives can cause fatigue. Make frequent rest stops to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. You must stay awake and alert for the entire duration of the drive. If you feel unusually tired, pull into a rest stop and take some gentle exercise, like walking, until you feel ready to continue.
If you are planning an extended road trip, keep your mobile phone charger with you so you can recharge your device when necessary. For backup, keep a fully charged power bank to hand. You may need to make contact with your destination to alert them you are running late.
It’s a good idea to make a copy of your full trip itinerary and leave it with a close friend or family member. It is also a good idea to keep a copy of your travel documents, like your passport and driving license, safely tucked away in your luggage. Should your bank cards be misplaced or stolen, you must report it to the bank and have them blocked immediately. Make an extra set of copies of your travel documents and cards and leave these with a friend too.
Vacations and road trips should be happy, stress-free times. A little extra thought about planning can go a long way in keeping both you and your loved ones safe out there.