This Songkran Festival, many of us will be on the road for hours to visit our family, for a short getaway, or both. Here are some important to-do and tips to help keep you and your family safe on the road:
Before the road trip
1. Get your car, especially these parts, checked and serviced:
• Engine oil and oil filter
• Spark plugs
• Shocks, lights, brakes and tires
• Radiator, heater and bypass hoses
• Timing belt
• Auto transmission and/or power steering fluid
• Windscreen wipers and wiper fluid
• Air filter and cabin filter
2. Plan the drive ahead of time and be familiar with alternate routes.
3. Ensure your car is insured.
4. Keep all necessary documents, such as your driver’s license and insurance certificate, handy. Make sure to have enough amount of toll fees or top up your M Pass, Easy Pass or M-Flow if you have registered already.
5. Make sure your GPS is updated.
6. Pack a roadside emergency kit.
During the road trip
1. Buckle up and comply with the speed limits
This is one of the best ways to stay safe.
2. Pay attention
Keep your attention where it needs to be: on the road and the cars around you. If you’ve got a teen driver in the family, make sure he or she follows these suggestions too:
• Do not use your cell phone
• If you stop for food or drinks, eat it there instead of eating while you drive.
• Keep the radio down so you can hear what’s going on around you – and only change the station when you’re stopped.
• If others in the car are loud or misbehaving, don’t turn around to engage or reprimand them. Pull over to a safe location to handle the situation.
• Check your mirrors regularly and take note of your petrol level
• Limit your participation in conversations to a minimum, especially during heavy traffic or adverse weather.
3. Don’t drive if you’re not fully awake
Have an extra cup of coffee, if necessary, before you get behind the wheel. Be mindful that certain medications can make you sleepy, so arrange for a designated driver.
4. Keep your cool
If you’re running behind and under a lot of pressure, remember to stay calm on the road (even if those around you aren’t), obey the laws, and be courteous to other drivers. This is especially important if you have pre-teens or teenage children, as they will take those lessons and use them when they’re behind the wheel.
5. Get protected
Accidents happen, even to the most cautious drivers. Your safety is what drives us to do more for you and your family, like repairing your car correctly, every time, and offering some of the best protection on the road.
In case of an accident or emergency:
Besides knowing what to do in those situations, roadside assistance programs can be a lifesaver. All Chubb motor policyholders in Thailand have access to our 24-hour roadside assistance and dedicated services offered by Chubb Preferred Repairers.