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                        Advice on Planning the Road Trip

                        Road Safety and Planning the Road Trip 

                        Before leaving...

                        • Work or virtually any activity increases the likelihood of fatigue.
                        • Start any trip by getting enough sleep the night before - at least six hours is recommended.
                        • Emotional stress or illness can also cause fatigue.
                        • Plan your route, refuelling, rests and overnight stops.
                        • Check your car's roadworthiness. Headlights, indicators, stop lights, tail-lights, windscreen wiper blades, mirrors, brakes, steering, tyres, tyre pressures, exhaust system and possible oil or fuel leaks.
                        • Check coolant, fluids and oil levels.
                        • Check that the spare wheel is in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure that you have a serviceable jack and wheel brace.
                        • Ensure any luggage or cargo is put in the boot or secured in the vehicle.
                        • Never transport flammable liquid in the vehicle. Plan your refuelling stops.

                        While travelling...

                        • Take a 15-minute break at least every 2 hours.
                        • Prevent sun glare and eye fatigue by wearing good quality sunglasses.
                        • Avoid eating heavy foods.
                        • Do not consume any alcohol during your trip.
                        • An overheated or very cold vehicle can compound the fatigue effects.
                        • If you can, have another person ride with you, so you will have someone to talk to and who can share the driving.
                        • Make sure that you rest when you are not driving.
                        • Avoid driving during your body's downtime (1 am – 5 am).
                        • Boredom can also cause fatigue. Music / radio / conversation is helpful.
                        • Always use your seat belts.
                        • Keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you.
                        • Drive according to the road conditions.
                        • Reduce speed when it is raining or the road is wet.
                        • Adhere to speed limits.
                        • Use low beam headlights (never drive with parking lights) between sunset and sunrise as well as in overcast or misty weather conditions.
                        • Look out for these signs when you are driving:
                        • you keep yawning
                        • your reactions slow down
                        • you feel stiff your eyes feel heavy
                        • you find you are daydreaming
                        • you wander over the centre line or on to the edge of the road
                        • If you notice any of these danger signs, stop for a rest. If needed, a quick nap - even 20 minutes will help. During your break, get some exercise - it helps you become more alert quickly.

                        Rest stop precautions...

                        • Stop at a roadside rest area. If no such facility is available, make sure that you are as far off the highway as possible.
                        • If it is after dark, find a lighted area to park.
                        • Give yourself a little outside air, but make sure that windows are closed enough to prevent entry from the outside.
                        • Lock all doors.
                        • Turn on your parking lights and turn off other electrical equipment.
                        • After you rest, get out of the vehicle and walk for a few minutes to be sure you are completely awake before you begin to drive again.

                        When parked...

                        • Keep your car locked when unattended.
                        • Don't leave valuables inside the car where they can be seen by passers-by. Lock such items in the boot.
                        • Be especially careful when loading or unloading the boot that keys are not locked inside the car.

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