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Going on a long deserved holiday is an annual dream come true for many of the people out there. After months of diligence and hard work, we long to be lazy for a while, think about nothing at all and let our minds wander. This is why many of us forget that before we can finally sit (or lie) back and enjoy, there is usually one more important thing we need to make sure goes as smoothly as possible – a long trip we need to take to the ‘rest-land’. Granted, many people choose to stay at home and replenish the energy through barbecues and movie marathons, but for all of you who do not content with little things and prefer, say, a sea coast to recharge your batteries, here is a couple of tips on what not to forget when setting out on an adventure of the year.

 

First of all, remember, and this cannot be stressed enough, remember to get your vehicle checked. That is all. Just do it, it’s important.

 

Have you checked your tyres recently? If not, consider this the first tip. It is of extreme importance to not leave anything to chance. Once you know you are ok and ready to go, check the spare tyre. It will be your failsafe in case the chance decides to show you who is the boss. Of course, it goes without saying that you should pack all the necessary tools in case you need to change a tyre – without them, all your preparation would be pointless.

 

Watch out where you store your valuables. Put them all in your glove compartment whenever you are not around. Put bulky things in the trunk. It is important not to leave anything in the plain sight when you are away from the car. Valuable objects on your back seat are an invitation for petty criminals.

 

Make sure you get acquainted with the laws which apply to the traffic in the area you are visiting or passing through. What are the red light rules? Yield rules? You would be surprised at how many small variations there are on the local level.

 

Always remember to get some quality sleep before starting to drive. When it comes down to staying alert on the road, nothing can replace the good old sleep. Do not consider replacing it with a steady supply of coffee or some other caffeinated drink. While coffee can temporarily liven you up, it is downright dangerous in the long run, because it can create a false sense of wakefulness.

 

Make regular breaks. Decide on the number of kilometers you will drive in one sitting (based on your capabilities) and make breaks even if you do not feel tired. Your legs will welcome a bit of stretching (your co-passengers will love it too!) and if you feel sleepy this would be a perfect time to take a quick, refreshing nap. Sometimes a couple of minutes with our eyes closed is all we need.

 

 Sources:

http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=top&subject=more&story=cartalk-road-trip&referer&year

http://www.tyrekingsevenhills.com.au/mechanical/

http://wikitravel.org/en/Driving_in_a_foreign_country

 

 

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