freedom... healthy hassle-free driving
Think of your car as an environment, rather than a method of transport. It's worth making adjustments. On long journeys you may spend as much time in the car as you do in the office - and nobody works effectively if they have uncomfortable seating, bad ventilation and messy surroundings.
Just because you are on vacation, you should not forget personal safety. It always pays to be safe, so we advise our clients to:
- Beware of people who shout, sound their horn or point at your car as if something is wrong, motion or ask you to stop and help them, flash their headlights, or bump your car from behind. If any of these techniques occur, do not pull over or stop. Instead, drive immediately to the nearest service station or well-lighted area and call the police.
- If you get lost or suspect you're being followed, go to a service station, restaurant or other well-lit public place.
- Conceal luggage, handbags and other valuables in the trunk.
- Keep car doors locked and windows up at all times.
- Park in well-lit areas and never pick up hitchhikers.
Spend 5 minutes before you drive away arranging everything you need:
- Can you get hold of the water bottle easily?
- Do the children have the toys they want?
- Is the trash bag easy for everyone to use?
Everyone has different positions they feel comfortable in while driving, but there are some broad guidelines which help to avoid strain.
- Keep your back as straight as possible - avoid bolt upright or slouching positions.
- Give your lower back as much support as you can, by adjusting the seat or using a cushion.
- Your arms should be slightly bent and your hands roughly at shoulder height on the wheel.
- Your knees should be roughly the same height as your hips - and certainly not much lower or higher.
No one is designed to sit still for hours on end; not in an office, not in a car.
- The most important exercise is to set a time limit and to stop for a meal or a stroll when you reach that limit.
- Break up the journey into maximum 2 hour segments if you are travelling with children.
- Ideally, choose your first overnight stop as near to the airport as possible, particularly if you have arrived after a long flight.
- Drivers should avoid heavy meals and any alcohol during stops.
The idea is to enjoy, not exhaust, yourself!
You would be surprised how much the weather outside your car can affect conditions within it. Again, preparation is the key to avoiding problems.
- Very sunny conditions are tiring on the eyes, so if your route lies directly into the sun, try to avoid mid-morning and late afternoon, when the sun is likely to blind you.
- If you drive with open windows, don't forget to use sunscreen. It is possible to get burned through a closed window in extremely hot climates.
- If you drive with air-conditioning, you may need a light sweatshirt or a sweater to wear on long journeys.
- Air-conditioning dehydrates, so stock up on water.
- In bad weather, ask locals for information about the conditions ahead and the likely duration of the weather. A tropical rainstorm, for instance, will wear itself out in an hour, while snow and sleet may continue all day.
- If you have to drive in snow, which is unadvisable, check whether you need snow-chains - and if you do, that they fit and you can put them on!