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wet weather drivingDriving in the wet and rain can be tricky at the best of times. However when you have kids in the car and your heading away for the school holidays then you really need to concentrate to ensure the safety of your family.

Here's some of our top tips for driving in the rain, including tyre safety, reducing the risk of aquaplaning, windscreen wipers and using lights in the rain.

 

safe driving fatigue warning signsStay safe this holiday season as you travel to visit friends and family, for your vacation and for work.

During the Christmas, New Year and holiday season most of us find ourselves driving more and often for longer distances than normal.

With all the extra fesitvities, we may even enjoy less sleep and greater levels of stress. This combination can lead to fatigue when driving, poor concentration and dangerous situations.

When travelling for longer distances, and when you are very tired, you should plan to stop for at least a 15 minute rest every 2 hours and where possible change drivers regularly.

 

If you experience the following signs of fatigue you should have a break:

1.    Yawning
2.    Constantly rubbing eyes or blinking more than normal
3.    Lacking concentration
4.    Sweaty hands
5.    Tired eyes / unable to keep eyes open
6.    Sleepiness
7.    Trouble focusing
8.    Thoughts wandering / zoning out
9.    Forgetting driving the last few kms
10.    Over-steering / drifting in the lane
11.    Slower reaction time
12.    Missing a gear, exit, sign
13.    Braking late or slowing unintentionally  

travel tipsAs many of us prepare for holidays and extended travel over the Christmas and New Year period, we want to help you enjoy safe and relaxed travel.

Here are our top tips for holiday travel:

1. Make sure your car is serviced and had a recent safety check
2. Check all your fluid levels
3. Carry extra water for emergencies
4. Check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres – don’t forget to check the spare
5. Allow plenty of time. Don’t add the extra stress of worrying about being late
6. Plan your trip in advance
7. Get plenty of rest before a long trip
8. Take a break or change drivers on long trips

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