Hitting the road on your next trip? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s with the kids or driving for Easter vacation don’t leave home without our tried and tested driving tips. Read on to learn more about avoiding traffic, saving money and staying safe (and staying awake!) on your next road trip.

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1 ENSURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SLEEP BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON YOUR TRIP

Before beginning a long drive, always get enough sleep and eat a snack or meal. Highly caffeinated beverages are not necessarily the best way to stay awake while driving. While initially you will feel more alert, the effects can recede with time, and your attention may wander although you remain awake.

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2.ENSURE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN A PRIME CONDITION

Before setting off on a long car trip, be sure your vehicle is in prime condition , that  your tires are properly inflated, all fluids are at their proper levels and you have a full tank of fuel. (For particularly long road trips, you may want to have your mechanic do a more thorough check.)

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3.ENSURE YOU FILL UP YOUR FUEL TANK

Don’t wait until your fuel gauge is sitting on E to refuel. On an unfamiliar road, you never know when the next fuel station will appear. As soon as you hit a quarter of a tank, start looking for a place to fill up.

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4. AVOID OVERLOADING YOUR VEHICLE

Minimize sudden starts and stops, empty your car of all unnecessary weight, and slow down — in most cars it takes much less fuel to drive 55 miles an hour than it does to drive 70.

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