12 Apr Long Distance Driving Tips to Keep you Alert on the Road
Even the most experienced drivers suffer at the hands of long-haul driving. Driving long distances can be fun and freeing, but let’s face it, it can also at times be boring or tiring.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make the drive more enjoyable and alleviate stress and fatigue.
Planning is key for long distance driving, and more importantly, planning everything. Utilise online maps to plan your route to avoid traffic, tolls and road closures. For that little extra preparation, plan the time you set off by looking at which times certain roads are busy. Include stops for toilets, food or drink and rests to get an accurate estimated time of arrival.
Prep your vehicle
Poor vehicle maintenance can lead to breakdowns or even accidents, so before embarking on a long journey, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up to scratch.
Check everything from your tyres, your engine, oil, water and antifreeze (in winter) levels, clean your windscreen, glass and mirrors, check that all your lights are working, ensure your wipers are in good order, and even make sure your wiper fluid is topped up. You’ll thank yourself later.
Always be prepared
It’s always best to be prepared for anything. Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle which should include a first aid kit, spare fuses and bulbs, tools to check and change your tyres, spare engine oil, extra maps, and extra food and water. In the winter time, it’s also a good idea to pack a shovel and a blanket.
Save money and time by spending a little longer packing your vehicle. Always pack more than you need, just in case.
Bring plenty of food and water, a change of clothing if needed, a toothbrush, toothpaste and personal hygiene products to keep you feeling fresh, whatever you think you might need.
Even the radio can get boring after a few hours, so bringing along some alternatives for entertainment is always a good idea. Prepare your own playlist, or keep yourself laughing with your favourite funny podcast.
Avoid accidents and keep your tolerance for other drivers high by staying alert on the road. Avoid fatigue by taking regular breaks, as often as you need them.
Avoid large meals and any alcohol whatsoever, as this can make you feel lethargic.
If you’re sleepy, yawning, or even if your eyes feel a little heavy, always stop for a nap.
Coffee and energy drinks can also temporarily help with feeling tired, as well as having your windows down and your radio loud.
Plenty of fuel
One of the most important things to consider when preparing for a long distance drive is your fuel. Having enough fuel to get you to your destination is essential.
DRIVEcard offer a wide range of fuel cards for many different brands, meaning you’ll never have to worry about your fuel. Our fuel cards do it all for you, fill up your tanks at any of the participating sites and be straight on your way.
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