5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

By Christian Stampfer on 2 November 2016
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The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.

The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.

Regardless of whether you are embarking upon a long journey or merely staying local, being prepared for all eventualities and exigencies is crucial.

Here are five tips that will keep you safe.

1.) Check your car’s tire pressures and tread depth, oil, and exterior lights regularly, especially before a long drive.

2.) Keep basic tools (jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, screwdriver, pliers and in winter a shovel and ice scraper) and a survival kit (non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets, paper towels, and gloves) in the car at all times. Many European countries require drivers to wear safety vests when exiting the car on a major highway and to place a warning triangle behind the vehicle when stopped.

3.) Know where you are going, what route you are taking, and check weather forecasts for both your destination and along the route before leaving. Be prepared for changing conditions.

4.) Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and keep it plugged in to a power source while driving.

5.) If you become stuck, stay with the vehicle and call for assistance.

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