Planning on doing some long distance driving in your favorite 2017 Hyundai Santa-fe-sport car? When taking a long road trip it is important to be prepared. More than 60% of people admit to getting behind the wheel of a car when they are tired and this can be terribly dangerous. Extended-haul driving can take a huge amount of concentration and focus to avoid failing into a state of ‘driver hypnosis’. Here are 9 steps to help you prepare for a long journey:
Stressing out about anything can cause problems for a driver. For this reason, it is important to relieve all worries before setting out. Make sure that you have comprehensive building insurance, double check the taps and gas are off, and double check all the doors are locked so that you can drive in peace.
Prepare the Vehicle
It is essential that you carry out maintenance checks on your vehicle before you set out to avoid problems on the road. Check the engine, the oil and fluid levels, the tire pressure and your car insurance and registration details. Having everything that you could need on hand will help to relieve any stress and worry.
Stock Up On Sleep
When embarking on a long drive the hardest aspect of fatigue to fight is the need to sleep. Remaining in one position will cause lethargy and the repetitive tasks won’t help either. Make sure you are properly rested before setting out on a long journey.
Obviously your car needs fuel but you will need fuel too. Make sure you have a decent meal before you start driving. It is important, however, to avoid eating foods which are liable to make you sleepy. Eating a mountain of potatoes before you leave would be a somewhat counterproductive move.
As you are not moving around much when driving it is easy to neglect the intake of water. Hydration is important for sustaining your levels of concentration, so be sure to keep your water supplies stocked throughout the trip.
Plan Your Stops
You may think it is better to keep driving until you need to stop. It is actually far better to plan your stops, because this will allow you to space them out efficiently. Short, regular stops are far better for your energy levels and concentration than long stretches and long breaks.
The repetitive motion of chewing gum will help to keep your circulation flowing and increase concentration levels. Any gum will do so there is no need to buy the sugariest kind.
Sit Up Straight
The quickest form of fatigue to set in during a long drive is muscle fatigue. Sitting in the same position for hours can be very bad for your back and can hurt a lot if you are not positioned correctly. Make sure your seat is properly aligned for the greatest comfort before you set off.
Keep Everyone Entertained
Long drives are testing on everybody’s nerves so it is important to keep everyone entertained. Children, in particular, need to be kept entertained to prevent bickering which will distract the driver. Listening to audio books can be a great way to keep your brain focused without distracting you from the driving task at hand.
Author Bio: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including Building insurance and Car insurance.