Top Tips for Summer Holiday Driving

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Posted on 23rd December 2019


We know you want to get away. Problem is, everyone else does too so here are our top tips for a more enjoyable journey when it’s hot, congested and roads are busier than usual. 


Remember, there will be drivers travelling on unfamiliar roads.  You might be one of them. 


Look after all family members

If you are taking your dog away with you make sure they are kept cool in the car, especially those fluffy varieties.  Dogs feel the heat more than humans so consider early morning and evening journeys for a more pleasant drive.  These times typically coincides with less traffic too. 


Keep your distance

You could arrive at your destination three seconds earlier – but is that going to make a huge difference to everyones holiday? Tailgating also promotes stress for both driver and passengers, so as a rule, allow for a two second gap in dry conditions and four seconds when it’s wet.   This gives drivers time to react to sudden stops. 


Best time to leave

Google maps have more to offer than you may realise. Type in your destination, click ‘start’ and then click on the 'up' arrow on the bottom right corner.  You should now be able to see a series of options including ‘show traffic on map’.  Google can give you an estimated time of arrival and the fastest route. 


New Transport hash also designed a very handy Holiday Journeys Map detailing peak time and days to travel around New Zealand.  We recommend checking it just before leaving in case of extreme weather and real-time accidents. 


Dodgy Tummy?

Car sickness is not uncommon on long journeys, especially through windy terrain.


Food in the tummy can help avoid car sickness, especially with young ones. Certainly, stop for treats if you wish but don’t overdo it on the lollies as all that sugar will make them feel unwell.  Some carbohydrates such as a simple sandwich or scone will full them up and help settle tummies.  


Some healthy snacks and plenty to drink will make everyone feel good too, and lessening that lethargic feeling you can get after a long road trip. 


Take a break

A spot of fresh air and time to stretch the legs makes you a safer driver. It just makes sense. And, if you can share the driving – do.


Check, check and check.

Tyre pressure (including the spare!), top up the water and test your brakes by driving and stopping quickly several times. Lately, when is your WOF and registration due? 

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