The ABC of long drives
- If you drive with the flow of the traffic and do not overtake other vehicles, you will avoid rushing needlessly and reduce your risks. Exceeding the speed limit by just 5–10 km/h results in an unnecessary need to overtake many other vehicles and in incorrect driving techniques often associated with it.
- Always keep your car’s lights clean and in working order. Don’t forget to clean your indicator and brake lights to keep other road users informed of your intentions.
- Adjusting your driving speed to the speed limits and prevailing conditions improves your safety.
- Do not rush out to change the summer tyres onto your car, especially if you plan to go away for Easter. Even if you could manage with the summer tyres in the daytime, at other times of the day the road conditions may be more difficult. In shaded road sections, ice on the road surface is slower to melt.
- The importance of washing your windscreen is stressed when the snow and ice are melting and dirt from the road is splashed onto your car. Do check the level of the windscreen wash fluid before you drive off – and also keep a spare bottle in the car. Check the condition of the windscreen wipers.
- Being a patient and polite driver makes travel more pleasant for everyone.
- Darkness and any snowfalls make it more difficult to see what is going on in traffic. An anticipatory driving technique gives your room for manoeuvre in hazardous situations on the road, which may emerge regardless of how careful you are.
- You should check your tyre pressures regularly and always before a longer journey.
- You need to be sober and alert in order to take charge of the vehicle. Make sure you get enough sleep before a long drive, and allow enough time for your journey.
- Plan your route carefully in advance and check that there are service stations on the way.
- You should take enough breaks to stay alert and allow your passengers to stretch their legs.
- Safety equipment, including safety belts and car seats for young children, are always kept fastened during the journey.
- Respect safety distances! On a snowy and icy road, the distance it takes to stop a vehicle travelling at 80 km/h is 90–190 metres, or more than 100 metres longer than in optimal road conditions.
- Prepare for variable weather conditions. On a long journey, the conditions may range from snow to rain, especially if you travel during the Easter break.
- Check the oil in the vehicle before you start off.
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