As the summer holiday season begins in the UK, Ford is offering tips to travelers as they hit the road. The trip should be made of memories, but only the good ones according to Ford. With this in mind, the following are some things that can help travelers in the UK deal with traffic, weather, children and other stress related problems that can arise when taking a road trip.
- Buckle up correctly: Still the most important piece of safety equipment, be sure that it fits tightly across your hips, not your waist and never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
- Child Safety Seats: Children under 1.35m (4ft 4in) tall and weighing less than 36kg (79lb) should sit in regulation safety seats or booster seats that are properly installed and belted in the rear seat. New Ford cars are designed with Isfix fittings that provide a rigid connection between the car and the safety seat.
- Be sure the height and tilt of all head rests are adjusted correctly
- Do not place objects over the airbag cover and a backward facing child seat should never be placed in the front seat unless the airbag has been correctly deactivated (check owners manual for details).
- Do your homework, be prepared. Check tire tread, tire pressure, oil and water before leaving home. Know your car’s condition and its safety features.
- If traveling abroad, know each country’s road regulations and traffic laws. Many countries in Europe require that you carry a high-visibility vest and warning triangle as an example. Always have your driver’s license with you and know the road laws and speed limits of the countries you will travel through.
- Give yourself time to complete the journey. Plan for stops along the way and be sure to drive at an appropriate speed for road conditions leaving sufficient space between the vehicles around you.
- Don’t drink and drive. In most European markets the allowable alcohol levels differ, so be aware!
- If using a mobile phone, be sure you have an operational hands-free system in the vehicle.
- Don’t drive tired. Take regular breaks on a long journey.
Ford also offers a myriad of technologies that can support the driver on long journeys to make the trip more enjoyable and less stressful.
For more information visit ford.com