Your Guide on how to have a Safe Road Trip

Whether we like it or not, traveling is always a part of life, and we can’t always afford cheap airfare. There are times when we need to travel short or long trips for some important reasons. Taking a trip can be more convenient if every detail is given extra attention. A hassle-free trip is about everything proper preparation because when a single detail is left behind, it could do more harm than good.

Before hitting the road, it is best to grab some tips that will make your trip worthwhile and comfortable.

1. Keep your vehicle in top shape

Facilitate a general car check before traveling. Ensure that fluids are on the right level and make sure that your tires have the right air pressure. Should your car need some repair or fixing, attend to this as soon as possible in order to avoid the hassles of experiencing a breakdown. It would be a more expensive situation if this happens during your trip. Always take with you a roadside safety kit and a spare tire in any case something happens on the road. Check on your petrol and be sure to have enough until you reach your destination.

2. Consider renting a mobile home

When traveling long distances, you might want to rent a mobile home as this could give a lot of conveniences. Take note that a larger vehicle can give more room for your luggage and people can have enough space to stretch their legs. Bathroom breaks can also be eliminated as you can take trips to the mobile rest room as needed. A huge room can give much especially when traveling as a family. You can also save money not having to pull over for an overnight stay at a hotel for those extra-long trips. Staying in your mobile home saves you a lot.

3. The need for hotel booking

For trips that would need staying in a hotel, it is best to book a room in advance. There are times when renting a hotel as a walk-in client can be such a hassle especially when the hotel is packed with visitors. Shopping for a hotel can be stressful. In order to eliminate this problem, do an advance booking. By doing so, all you need to do is get on the road and check-in to your hotel as soon as you have reached your destination. Planning ahead is always an excellent move.

4. Avoid trouble

Traveling with everything in your car can be an opportunity for thieves to steal your personal belongings. When you need to stop at a certain places, you still need to keep track of your car. When you need to park, make sure to choose a properly lighted spot. Keep windows and doors locked. Always bring with you your valuables and important stuff when you have to leave your car for a few minutes.

5. Eliminate distractions

One of the dangers of road trips is distraction. This is such a difficult situation for the driver. Hence, passengers must somehow be cooperative. Kids must be disciplined as they have to keep themselves behaved. Avoid loud and blaring music as these can affect every other person in the car especially the driver.

Vehicles travelling in France must carry breathalysers

Effective later this spring, all motorists in France will be required to have the disposable breathalyser kit in their car for use for a self-check that they are not driving over the limit after drinking alcohol.

Violators of the new regulation without kits in their vehicles will face fines.

France is the first country in the world to enforce the extreme measure.

It’s part of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to tackle the country’s terrible drunk-driving record. Every year 4,000 people lose their lives on French roads and a third of these are alcohol related, according to the government’s Sécurité Routière department.

France has already shrunk the legal blood-alcohol content limit to 0.05 – the same as that of British Columbia and Ontario. But the legal limit remains high compared with other European countries, such as Sweden and Norway, where the limit is 0.02.

The rationale behind the breathalysers law is likely to be to educate French drivers on just how little alchohol it takes to pass the legal limit. It is not possible to just count drinks, there are many factors such as body weight, food intake and the person’s ability to digest alcohol that can change the amount of alcohol a person can consume before being over ‘the limit’.

However critics have said there is nothing in the French law requires drivers to actually use the device.