April is upon us. Its traditional long weekends - often the last chance for families to take a break before December - will encourage thousands of people to head for the coast and holiday resorts. It's also a time of year when a little foresight and planning can go a long way, says Datsun South Africa.
There is nothing nicer than swapping the dropping inland temperatures for the warmer climes of the seaside, says Des Fenner, General Manager of Datsun South Africa, who points out that there are several non-traditional tips that can make a road trip enjoyable and safer."
Most of us know that our cars should be serviced regularly and have tyres, wipers and lights that are functional. There are, however, several other things to consider adding to your holiday driving list," he says when outlining his top five travelling tips for the upcoming holiday period.
Speeding may get you somewhere quicker, but the time you save may be negligble. Travelling 600km at the legal limit will take five hours, while travelling at 130km/h will complete the distance less than 30 minutes quicker. The question is; 'Is 30 minutes worth the fatigue and stress involved?'
"Also, isn't it amazing that early in a journey you will always be overtaken by a car travelling way above the speed limit," says Mr Fenner. "You continue driving at a steady 120km/h. Later, the car that passed you earlier speeds by again. He's probably had to pull off to buy more fuel. He is driving fast to make up for 'lost time' while your average speed is high and you are also using less fuel."
"Keeping safe on the road is all about common sense. You should never drive long distances if you haven't had enough sleep, or have been drinking more than the advisable limit of alcohol."
"Avoid travelling late at night when most of the traffic is composed of heavy vehicles. South Africa does not have a good record when it comes to incidents involving trucks, so avoiding times when drivers may have been on road for hours and are tired is advisable."
"A roadworthy vehicle is a must. At Datsun we always say it is more affordable to service a car regularly, than spend money getting it ready just before a trip," concludes Mr Fenner.
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