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10 Driving Tips for December

29 November 2011, 12:43

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Before you embark on a road trip, make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape by getting it serviced. It’s all too easy to overlook when you’re in the midst of buying gifts, planning social get-togethers and finishing off the year’s workload. But it is essential - not only for the protection of yourself and your passengers, but also in the possible event of a crash where your claim could be thrown out should they deem your vehicle ‘unsafe’.

Involved in a collision? Here’s what to do immediately after a car accident and tips to help save a life.

Check tyre pressure, oil and water levels - including the water in your battery.

Going DIY? Here’s a gallery on how to change a tyre, how to jumpstart a car, how to do your own motor checks and take proper care of your battery.

Have petrol attendants clean your windscreen at each stop, ensuring a clear view of the road.

Filling up? Here’s how to save on fuel, how to make a tank of petrol go further and how to be an eco-savvy driver.

Make sure at least one cell phone within the vehicle is fully charged for the duration of the journey.

No hands-free kit? Remember that smartphones can be dangerous and texting and driving KILLS!

Make sure there are no objects blocking the rear-view mirrors.

If you are able, take turns at driving. If this is not possible, then make stops to rest, every two hours or so. This might seem like an inconvenience, but it is worth your while. A rested driver is a safe driver.

Read these tips on more ways to be a safe driver.

Be aware of any assist programmes that your insurance company may offer you. For example, call 112 from cellphone to get Police assistance. This means that in the event of a breakdown or an accident, you and your passengers will receive proper care and cover.

Check out the last point in this article for emergency numbers worth noting.

If you’re towing a caravan, boat or trailer, make sure that your insurance policy covers the damage to or theft of those vehicles as well.

Avoid deserted roads at night.

Going solo? Pay attention to this advice if you’re driving alone

And above all - obey the speed limit!



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