Before hitting the long road for you family holiday this yea there are loads of checks to go through and the route needs to be planned.
Be prepared for road hazards, heavy traffic, bad weather - even, heaven forbid for you all - a solo crash or a collision. It happens - be prepared for it and avoid panic by reading our tips on what to do and who to call.
Thanks to Arrive Alive
for compiling these great tips!
Be ready to go - physically. Be alert, refreshed and prepared. Stop every hour or two for a break and to let the kids stretch their legs but look out for criminals while you do so.COME BACK SAFE
Best of all, make sure your car/bakkie/caravan/trailer is/are roadworthy before you wind up for a long period at 120km/h. Check our list of things to do.
Lastly, make sure all of you come home safely afterwards. There's little so ignominious as becoming a road accident statistic - take it easy and hope you'll still be reading us in 2015!
Go check our eight important articles:Planning the Journey / Rules of the RoadVehicle Fitness /RoadworthinessDriver Fitness / Driver FatigueDefensive driving behaviourAvoiding criminals on the roadRecognising the safety of all road usersSafe driving in challenging road conditionsEmergency stops and crashes