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How to drive a heavily loaded car [infographic]

Chelsy Pinto
By Chelsy Pinto
October 26, 2016

How to drive a heavily loaded car [infographic]

All packed and ready to start your road trip? Better have a look at our infographic on driving safely with a heavy car.

CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE

  • Make sure your tyre pressure is adjusted according to the manufacturer’s specs, and adjust accordingly. Remember that the tyre is the only part of the car that touches the ground - it’s essential to have these in tip top shape.

DRIVE SLOWER

  • Remember that your stopping distances will increase exponentially, and that a heavy car has more momentum than an unladen one.

IS THE LOAD SECURE?

  • Make sure items won’t be rolling around - keep them safe and secure

HEAVY ITEMS

  • Load heavy items first - this helps with stability and more predictable handling of the car. Be sure to distribute the weight evenly - for example, don’t have heavy suitcases on the left side and pillows on the right.

REARVIEW MIRROR

  • Keep your rear view mirror as clear as possible from obstacles. More visibility is always better.

PLAN FOR A PUNCTURE

  • How will you get to your spare tyre or jack if you have a puncture? You very well might have to unpack the car, but make it as easy as possible for yourself.

FEW LOOSE ITEMS

  • Consolidate your bags so they’re easy to load and unload

ROOF RACK

  • This is the best place to put bulky but light items, like pillows. Remember to keep to the weight and size specified on the rack.

SPEED BUMPS

  • Take them slowly! Your suspension has less ability to soak up bumps and could be damaged. Slow and steady wins the race in this case.

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Here's a useful guide to help you to troubleshoot some common car problems, so that you know whether or not you need to contact a mechanic. It also covers a variety of driver safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.
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