Looking after your tyres is really important when you’re going on long, higher-speed journeys. The pressure and tread wear of your tyres can have a huge impact on stopping distance, cornering ability and load carrying. Under-inflated tyres can become excessively hot on long journeys, causing the tyre to rupture and rapidly deflate. Make sure your tyres aren’t worn and are pumped up to the manufacturers specifications.
Remember, if you see emergency services attending an incident on your trip, you still need to slow to 25kmh to pass them. It’s going to take considerably longer to slow down when you’re travelling at high speeds, so be wary of these conditions. Wet weather is another time to take note of extra braking time. Stopping suddenly at speed will take double the time it would take to stop when it’s dry, so please drive to the conditions.
Farm and wild animals live near the road and might get in your way, but often we see them too late. Brake firmly, and if you have time, flash your headlights and sound your horn. Swerving to avoid hitting an animal can sometimes end in a more serious accident than if you didn’t swerve at all.
A key thing to keep in mind when you’re on a road trip is the further you are away from help, the longer it will take to get to you if you’re in trouble. Emergency workers may take some time to get to you, so please make sure you drive carefully.