For many, summertime and the Christmas period gives us the chance to catch up with family and friends. However, for most of us this also means long, hot road trips! As much as you might enjoy driving, even the most patient driver can be tested by Australia’s great expanses. On this page our expert mechanics in Canning Vale would like to share with you our top five tips for coping with long haul drives.

If you are setting out on the freeways and highways during the holiday season, make sure that you and your family stay cool, comfortable and arrive at your destination safely.

Entertain the Little Ones

Long car journeys can be trying for children. To avoid temper tantrums and bad behaviour brought on by boredom and long periods of inactivity; make sure you pack enough snacks, games, books and electronic devices to keep the little ones happy. Even trusty old paper and pencils can be a huge help. Simple games like hangman, Pictionary and variations on I Spy work like a charm and will ensure that your little angels won’t turn into little devils during a long drive!

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and plan for fuel and rest stops along the way. Don’t give in to the temptation to put your foot down in the hopes that you’ll get there sooner! Not only will you be risking a fine and run the danger of causing an accident, you will also tire yourself out faster as coping with increased speeds requires more energy from the driver. Take it easy, take your time and you’ll find that slow and steady is a better way to run the race.

Know Where You Are Going

Obviously, when embarking upon a road trip you need to know where you are going. However, hundreds of people get lost, break down and are stranded every year. Our automotive experts recommend taking well-known routes instead of lesser-known options and to not rely solely on electronic devices such as phones, tablets or laptops. Make sure your vehicle has up to date and comprehensive maps of where you are going, where you’ve come from and how you’re getting back.

Learn the Art of Packing

It cannot be overstated how important it is to be certain that your luggage and belongings are kept secure during long trips. The last thing a tired driver needs is loose luggage flying about during tight turns or unexpected stops. Badly packed bags can obstruct your view and even cause an accident. Pack your luggage in tightly and avoid having to deal with UFOs!

Expect the Unexpected

As any good Scout would say: Be prepared. Have your car serviced prior to setting off, make certain the air conditioning works and that your wheels are aligned properly. Pack an emergency kit with first aid gear, a jack, tools, water and food.

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