Holy Week arrives, and with it, travel. We are many who choose to move by car. We give you some tips to keep in mind before traveling on these dates.
Prepare the car
More modern vehicles increasingly include driver assistance items. Its pressure is insufficient or excessive, or the time has come for periodic inspection or replacing parts such as the timing belt, for example.
It is best to put yourself in the hands of your trusted workshop, and if your vehicle is older, it is best to check, a few days before traveling, and at least:
- Tires: Pressure, drawing depth, and general condition checking that there are no irregular wear or bumps or cuts.
- Lights: check that all the pilots and lamps (crossing, road, position, reverse, fog, turn signals) work front and rear.
- Brakes: See if, when braking, hears squeaks, longer braking distances, or deviations to the sides of the path marked with the steering wheel. If so, go to your workshop to check pads and discs.
- Battery: Check it even if you do not notice starting problems and clean the terminals if they are sulfated. Most road failures have an electrical origin.
- Steering and suspension: If you have noticed slacks when turning the steering wheel or that the trajectory, noises, or vibrations when driving or that increases the braking distance increases, have them examine these elements.
- Moons and windshield wipers: Check the condition of the moons and wiper blades, and don’t forget the level of the washer fluid.
- Levels: Review the level of the oil in the crankcase, the brake fluid, the coolant and add – always in the same class – if necessary.
Place your luggage well
In case of an accident, a bad luggage placement can compromise your safety. Follow these steps to avoid them:
- All objects in the trunk, even the very light ones.
- Fasten the seat belts, even if no one is sitting: they will make it difficult for luggage to invade the cabin in case of sudden braking
- The heaviest packages underneath, in the most advanced area, and the largest and most rigid suitcases in the background; The rest is over.
- Attach the load to the mooring points (with fasteners or nets).
- Fasten the seat belts even if there is no passenger: it makes it difficult for luggage to invade the passenger compartment.
- If the boot is insufficient, use a roof boot.
- The behavior of the car varies if it is loaded. Roof trunks raise the center of gravity, making the vehicle more unstable, and the greater weight reduces power and increases the braking distance.
- Do not place objects in the rear tray: they reduce vision to the driver and, in sudden braking, can damage the occupants.
What time do you go out
Once the car has been checked and able to travel, plan the departure and return time. Check the days and hours in which the highest traffic flow is expected, especially on the road you plan to use and at what points the largest traffic flows expected. Sometimes, with advancing or delaying our departure schedule a bit, we can find a more fluid circulation.
In mass departures and returns, such as Easter, drivers coincide in destinations and hours. Very dense traffic degenerates into retentions or traffic jams. Anticipate an alternative route to your destination. For this, it uses the maps with the points where conflicting points expected. And the map that the DGT elaborates where the incidents on the roads reported in real-time.
Also, check the roads and sections where the DGT will install measures to improve the flow of traffic.
There are also websites and apps – we recommend the DGT app – that allows you to prepare and compare itineraries based on distance, whether the route took by highway or not, planned travel times. Also, browsers and apps are informing about incidents and recalculate the route.
Retention is inevitable
We tell you how to behave if, despite all the precautions, you are in a hold to get out of it safely.
The massive influx of vehicles and other circumstances, such as accidents – many times caused by actions that can be avoided by following the advice on the following pages. Or by points where speed must reduce – curves, end of special lanes or highways, slopes, where we can also find vehicles moving slowly – they cause traffic jams.
That is why it is important to increase prudence, leave greater safety distance, do not change lanes constantly and impatiently, look two or three cars ahead, do not get distracted.