10 Top Saab Holiday Motoring Tips - Trouble Free Travelling

The summer holiday is a time for rest and relaxation but for your car it can be one of the year’s most stressful periods.

Here Saab gives 10 simple tips to help ensure you and your car will be trouble-free travelling companions.

Give your car a thorough 'health' check

Before you set off, it is a wise precaution to have your car serviced by an approved agent. Prevention of a potential problem is far better than having an emergency when you are away.

For holiday 'peace of mind', take out breakdown insurance

If your car is not already covered, make sure you have breakdown assistance. This should include vehicle recovery, accommodation and the use of a hire car. You hope to never use it, but you will save a lot of money – and inconvenience – if you have to.

Check your documentation

While very few people forget their passports or travel tickets, do they take the same care with essential documents for the car? All documentation should be assembled and checked well in advance. This includes a full driving licence, supported by an International Driving Permit, if required, and the vehicle registration and insurance forms. You may also need a ‘Green Card’, if travelling outside the EU. Make sure none of these documents expires while you are away! Keep everything with you at all times and don’t leave anything in the car.

Be prepared if something does go wrong

Emergency equipment, including a warning triangle, a set of replacement bulbs, a first aid kit and an onboard fire extinguisher are essentials. But do you know how to use these items correctly? You should also know the emergency phone number for the country you are in. Saab dealers have a full-range of support equipment, such as first-aid kits and strong towing lines and are happy to offer their professional advice.

Take a break if you're tired

Fatigue while driving on a long journey is always a danger because a tired driver is a dangerous driver. Your concentration and reflexes can be impaired, so relax and don't be tempted into ‘a race against time’ just to get to your destination. Take frequent stops to stretch your legs and, if possible, share the driving. For refreshments, carry a warm/cool box such as Saab dealers stock.

Stow your luggage carefully

Heavy items should be secured and stowed as low as possible in the trunk of the car. Only light, soft objects should be kept inside with passengers. During heavy, emergency braking, even the most innocent of items can become lethal if loose in the interior. Saab 9-5 wagons have a unique, versatile cargo track system in the trunk floor to help fix heavy loads and stop them from shifting

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Published : 17/07/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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