20th May 2014
How To Stay Safe On Long Holiday Trips
Peter Rodger, a motoring specialist of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has issued new guidance to help keep motorists safe during long holiday trips.
With another Bank Holiday weekend approaching, the roads will be chock-a-block with people looking to make the most of the long weekend and safety is the number one priority for you and other road users.
Mr Rodger advises motorists to make sure they have enough fuel before setting off to avoid panics should they get caught in a traffic jam and the fuel light comes on. This could save you having to call out breakdown cover should you become stranded.
Where possible, drivers should also take it in turns to drive. That would then leave one adult to supervise the children while the other drives. This can also prevent one driver bearing the brunt of the journey and getting stressed out and/or tired.
The report also suggests taking frequent breaks, ideally at no more than 120 minute intervals. Keeping hydrated is also highly recommended as few things destroy concentration more.
Finally, Mr Rodger suggests getting a good nights sleep before the trip. If feeling sleepy or drowsy at any point, drivers are encouraged to take a 20 minute break away from the motorway.