Have a safe T.R.I.P. this winter
We want you to have a safe T.R.I.P. this spring
As we emerge from the darker days of winter into spring, it's important to remain vigilant on the roads and be prepared for the various weather conditions and challenges of the season. Always prioritise your safety and the safety of others by staying alert when driving.
Even during the day, it's a good idea to use your headlights in rainy or overcast conditions. Driving in spring requires some specific safety considerations.
Preparing for your trip
- Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your trip
- Avoid alcohol the day before as this can disrupt sleep and affect your driving the following day
- Know what medications you're on and how they affect you. Avoid driving between midnight and 6am when you’re likely to feel most tired
T.R.I.P. Top-up, Rest, Inspect, Prepare
Be extra cautious and anticipate the actions of other drivers, as not everyone may be as prepared for spring driving conditions.
Below are some safety tips to help you prepare for your journey this spring:
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fuel, oil, screen-wash
Fill up fuel, check your oil and screen-wash, ensure you're charged
Over 33% of breakdowns are caused by vehicles losing power, having engine issues, or running out of fuel. Many problems can be avoided if you check and top up your vehicle's fluid levels on a regular basis and before a long journey.
Before your trip, fill up your fuel tank and check your oil.
After the harsh winter months it’s important to check the screen wash levels as maintaining a clean windscreen is important especially when the sun is low in the sky.
Regular maintenance is essential in spring to ensure your vehicle is operating correctly and is safe to drive.
every 2 hours
Take a break every 2 hours
To enjoy a comfortable road trip this spring, plan to take a break for at least 15 minutes every two hours.
Spring driving is similar to driving in winter. Even though the days are getting longer and generally the weather is improving, it is not the time to get complacent. Having a rest while driving is not only important for your safety but also contributes to a more enjoyable and stress-free travel experience.
Prioritise rest and well-being to ensure you're alert and prepared for any challenges that the spring season might bring on the road.
Use this motorway services guide to help plan where you will take a break along your route.
If you’re a disabled driver or passenger you can use this accessible services guide to find rest stops that best suit your needs.
What are the risks of not taking regular breaks?
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Your ability to detect threats decreases, and your reaction time increases.
- Negative effects on your mood and behaviour behind the wheel.
your tyre tread and pressure
Before driving on the motorway, perform a thorough vehicle check. Ensure your brakes, tires, lights, and fluid levels are in good condition.
your tyre tread and pressure
Ensure your tyres have adequate tread depth for wet conditions. Bald tyres can increase the risk of aqua planning. If your tyres are worn, consider replacing them before embarking on a long motorway journey.
Check tyre pressures regularly
In winter tyre pressures can decrease. Check your tyre pressures; proper inflation helps with traction and handling and therefore your safety on the road.
Inspect tread depth
Tread depth is essential for maintaining traction on wet and slippery roads. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm but most tyre and safety experts recommend a 3mm minimum.
Ensure your lights are all working
Headlights, taillights, or brake lights not working will make it harder for you to see and be seen by others in the dark, rain and fog.
Test the brakes to make sure they are functioning properly. Avoid sudden braking and increase your distance from the car in front.
for the weather
Spring showers are common, and wet roads can be slippery. Drive at a moderate speed, use your headlights, and avoid sudden maneuvers. If it's raining heavily, consider slowing down to maintain control.
Spring weather can be unpredictable. Keep an eye on weather forecasts before your journey and be prepared for sudden changes in conditions. Carry essentials like an umbrella, jacket, and extra clothing.
Spring sunshine can create glare, especially during sunrise and sunset. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your car to reduce glare and improve visibility.