Top Tips To Keep The Whole Family Safe On Your Next Road Trip

According to recent statistics, there have been an increase in car accidents in recent year. With families flocking to spend summer in more exotic and further locations, family road trips are an essential part of the family ritual. However, when you’re traveling with kids, it’s essential you keep them safe both on and off the road.

Preparing your vehicle

Preparing your vehicle for your road trip is the key to a successful trip. Checking your car’s fluid levels, oil, air pressure and tire tread is a must. But, there are smaller things you can do to prepare for the journey ahead, too. Washing your car will enable maximum visibility, meanwhile, testing your indicators and lights will prevent you from getting into trouble on the road. And, when it comes to packing your vehicle for your trip, don’t overload the car as it increases the risk of a blowout.

On the road

On average, 14,000 fatal crashes are recorded each year in South Africa. Therefore, it’s vital you take every step possible to ensure your family remains safe as you travel to your choice of destination. Should a car incident on the road occur, be sure to stop and check the safety of your family. It’s also wise to seek the advice of an attorney who specialises in road accidents to assist you with your case. You might also require towing services, so make sure to have a company’s number handy. Arrive Alive states that seatbelt use has been documented to reduce the risk of serious injury and death. However, the organisation states that sealtbelt usage varied from 45-60% in provinces acrosss SA. It’s recommended that you promote the use of seatbelts to your family and that you keep an eye on the warning light on your dashboard indicating that one of your family members has taken theirs off.

Pit stops

As a parent, it’s natural to feel tired. Think Insure estimates that 60% of drivers have driven while feeling drowsy, however, this impacts your reaction times, decision-making abilities and your coordination. Therefore, if you’re growing tired behind the wheel, make sure you stop to refuel. If stopping at busy locations, keep a close eye on your kids as these places are typically packed full of both small and large vehicles which may find it difficult to spot a small child walking out into the road.

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A road trip should be a joyous occasion for the entire family. Therefore, it’s important the right safety checks are carried out on your vehicle before you leave home. And, when you’re on the road, be sure to put safety at the forefront of your mind.

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