Christmas is fast approaching and so are the summer road trips, long drives and the infamous “are we there yet?!” coming from the backseat.
According to Tourism Research Australia, in the year ending June 2016, 88.9 million overnight trips were taken by Australian’s. Of these 88.9 million mini holidays, 63.6 million of these trips were taken by the use of a private or company vehicle.
So with all the trips planned in the Festive season, including trips to the beach, visiting friends and family and exploring our great, vast land, Sell My Car have some helpful tips on road tripping in the holiday period.
“The key to a great and safe road trip is to be prepared,” said Sell My Car retail services director Alan Holgate. “With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, one of the biggest mistakes people can make is waiting until the last minute to ensure their car is in road ready condition.”
Sell My Car offers helpful holiday road trip tips, just in time for the summer season
Prepare your vehicle ahead of time:
- Ensure your car is in good shape. Double check your tyre pressure, oil and water levels, and be sure to give it a wash. Riding in a clean car is always a more enjoyable experience (click here for more tips on car care).
- Pre-set your navigation or Google Maps before departure – it will be one less thing you have to worry about when you hit the road
- If your car features any drivers assistance systems (blind spot detection, lane changing cameras, forward collision warning), make sure they’re all turned on to help you drive safely
Be ready for “just in case” scenarios:
- Check the weather forecast – you don’t want to be caught in any thunderstorms (Australia’s weather can be unpredictable). Also, you want to ensure that you are prepared for the weather conditions at your destination
- Don’t forget the snacks! Just in case traffic is bad or you have a long drive in between petrol stations or the closest town, everyone gets angry when they’re hungry.
- Make sure you have a car phone charger. You’ll be glad you did, especially in the event of an emergency – some Australian roads can be long and deserted
Make good choices:
- The no-brainers: Make sure that everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts. Watch your speed – remember it is not worth trying to cut travel time by driving too fast
- The lesser-knowns: Christmas day is a big day of eating, socialising
and being merry, so make sure you are well rested and are in good shape to drive. Take regular breaks, stopping at least every two hours. Driving tired can have serious consequences so stop for power naps or change drivers
- Use technology wisely: Don’t talk on your mobile phone while driving
Preparing your vehicle, passengers and yourself for a major road trip is critical to ensuring you arrive safely. Be mindful there are many people on our road and the Christmas period makes them extremely busy.
Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
 Tourism Research Australia, National Visitor Survey Results, http://www.tra.gov.au/research/latest-nvs-report.html.
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