Tips on how to drive safely – part 2
In the first part of this article we started listing a few tips on how to drive safely on the roads of Romania and abroad, in order to make sure nothing dangerous will happen to you or your loved ones during your journey.
The list continues below so if you plan a road trip in the future, it would be wise to take a look at it.
Get a map
Of course, the paper maps are almost extinguished, and now we have the GPS systems and smartphones with GPS. However, it is not a bad idea to have a handy map of the country in which you travel, just in case.
Familiarize yourself with the car
This applies mostly to the rental cars, which you drive for the first time. Give yourself 10 minutes to get familiar with the car’s interior, with the controls, steering wheel and seat position, in order to do well in traffic.
Especially when you leave the car unattended in the parking lot, take care not to keep anything of value in sight. Use the trunk or the glove compartment to hide anything that might attract thieves. They can damage the car trying to steal.
Familiarize yourself with traffic rules of the country you’re in
Although internationally similar, some traffic rules may differ from country to country. So it is recommended to research the rules of every country you’re traveling in.
Before going on long road trips, make sure that the car is ready for the challenge. Make sure that the tire pressure is right, that all the fluids are ok, that the lights are working and that you have a full tank.
Save fuel on the road
Outside the cities, all cars consume less fuel. But to make an additional saving, try to run at constant speed without many breaks or sudden acceleration. Also, eliminate the extra weight.
Do not let the tank go empty
When you are in an unknown area, fill the tank before the sign hits the red mark, because you may run out of fuel before reaching the next gas station. It is recommended to never go below a quarter of a tank.
It can be very expensive to buy things from gas stations. Therefore, make sure you have in the car all that you think you may need on the road, such as snacks, sweets, beverages and some more practical things like change for road taxes, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, towing chain, spare wheel and car fluids.
Safety is the most important thing when it comes down to road trips, so in order to make sure you never encounter any problem in your trip with your family or friends, keep the above tips in mind. Drive safe!