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The ultimate summer driving tips

Published on Wednesday 25 July 2018 in Van News

The ultimate summer driving tips

All you need to know about how to attack the traffic this summer…

As families make their escape from cities to countryside, airports and beautiful coastal towns, there's no escaping it: traffic jams are inevitable all over the UK now that it's the summer holidays. But, HOW do you steer clear of them? Vanarama's Laura Day reports.

Traffic on the road during summer can be an absolute pain. The best way to avoid it is to make sure you're fully prepared for those long journeys ahead. Here are some of our best tips:


Planning is key

To avoid the worst of the traffic this summer holidays, check Google Maps beforehand and this will alert you to any traffic and roadworks before you leave.

Try not to leave at peak times, as this means that you'll be sat in traffic for longer than necessary. If you're going away for a long weekend, traffic tends to peak on the Friday evening, as drivers hit the roads straight after work. Our advice? Set off earlier or later than that.



Kit yourself out

Sometimes traffic can't be avoided, and if this is the case, make sure you're prepared for a long stint in the car.

Take plenty of water and snacks, and if you're travelling with children, make sure you bring entertainment or distractions as well as the usual essentials. Bring an emergency kit too with all the essentials – first aid kit, jump leads and blankets – the lot.

It's also a great idea to pack an in-car phone charger in case your battery runs out and you need to call for help.



Check your vehicle over

Before you leave for your long journey, it's important to ensure your vehicle is prepared as much as you are.

Carry out the standard oil, water and tyre pressure checks. Check your lights are working correctly too. And, be sure to fill up on fuel before you leave so you don't end up relying on expensive service stations at motorway services.



DO take a break

Driving tired is dangerous, so it's important that you're well rested and plan several breaks if you have a long journey ahead.

tired driver


Insure and go

If you share the driving with your holiday buddies (providing they are old enough and have a valid licence), this is a great way to ensure all drivers get adequate rest on long journeys.

But, make sure all drivers are properly insured – check your policy before you leave, to make sure you're not breaking any laws.



Happy holidays!

Well, that's it from us for now. We hope you have an absolute corker of a summer and enjoy the sun!

And remember, planning your journey is the key to minimising time spent in your car, and maximising time spent having fun!

If you enjoyed this article, why not check out 9 of the most annoying UK driving habits?

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