If you're about to get behind the wheel for the summer vacation, keep these handy tips in mind. 1- Check the condition of your vehicle before hitting the road Take the time to check the condition of your car as a whole, including the brakes, battery, and lights. Also check the pressure and wear of the tires, or the engine oil. It is also necessary to provide the equipment that may be essential for you on the journey. 2- Put on your seat belt Wearing your seat belt is a reflex that some drivers often omit. Apart from the fact that it is mandatory, wearing your seat belt is a gesture that saves lives. Therefore also make sure that the passengers accompanying you on your trip respect it. An unrestrained passenger can easily be ejected against the front seat in the event of a violent impact endangering his life and that of others. 3-Place your children in the rear seats in a device suitable for their age If you are accompanied by your children , place them in the back seats of your vehicle in a device adapted to their age and morphology. This would keep them safe. 4- Adjust your mirrors Before setting off, make sure your field of vision is clear and that your mirrors are properly adjusted. Set them correctly. It is also better to avoid loading the interior of your vehicle with objects that can hide certain angles that are important for driving. 5- Respect the speed limits! This is important: for your safety, respect the speed limits. While driving, it is also essential to keep a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you. This precautionary measure is decisive and will allow you to have the necessary reaction time. 6- No distractions while driving The level of concentration is reduced if you have your eyes on several things at the same time. The more the field of vision is disturbed, the longer the reaction time. Distracted driving has an impact on visual, manual, cognitive and auditory levels. Talking on the phone, for example, eating and drinking while driving can divert your attention and therefore be the cause of clashes. If you need to make an emergency call, it is easier to park in a secure place where you have stopped to make your call. maneuvers using turn signals or hazard warning lights when necessary. Your intentions must be readable by other drivers or pedestrians who use the road like you. You share the road with other users, so be courteous as well. If you are given priority, for example, or a parking space, wave your hand as a courtesy. 8- No to drink-driving Drinking and driving do not go together. Alcohol is one of the leading causes of road deaths worldwide. The visual field narrows, the perception of relief, depth and distance is disturbed, sensitivity to glare is more accentuated. In addition, the coordination of movements becomes slow. Don't let your trip end badly. If you are under the influence of alcohol, do not drive. Along the same lines, be responsible and don't let a friend who has been drinking get back behind the wheel. 9- Rest every two hours! It is recommended to stop every two hours. Take the time to rest in the dedicated rest areas before hitting the road again. Itchy eyes, numbness in the legs, back pain and staring eyes, difficulty staying focused with the risk of falling asleep… These signs show that you absolutely must take a break. . 10- Concentrate on driving Do not let yourself be distracted by the exchanges with the passengers even if it is pleasant to exchange the discussion while driving. For your safety and for the safety of the passengers accompanying you, keep your visibility on the road.