Vehicle safety an overall package

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When it comes down to it, there is no point having the best car on the road if you’re not taking correct precautions when you travel.

From worn tyres to packing correctly, it really is an overall package when it comes to car and travel safety.

All the safety equipment in the world, including correctly fitted child restraints, become redundant if those four hand-sized patches of rubber underneath the vehicle are not meeting the road in they way they were designed.

The checklist for tyre safety is as simple as one-two-three.

1 – Make sure there is enough tread depth (at least 1-2mm) on all four tyres; 2 – check for irregular wear and objects lodged in the tread; and 3 – check tyre pressures at least once a month (when tyres are cold).

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There are a few things to remember when packing, too.

Load the car evenly and carefully, especially if you are carrying heavy objects or towing. Position heavy items forward in the boot and distribute the weight evenly across each side.

If you are driving long distance, make sure you take regular breaks to ensure you are alert for the drive and stay safe, and take advantage of Driver Reviver rest stops.

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