Guidance on Bank Holiday Driving
Now February is over many of us may be turning our attention to the Bank Holiday at the end of March. Bank Holiday weekends are known for heavy traffic and with larger numbers of vehicles on the road there comes a higher likelihood of accidents happening. Tiger.co.uk advises drivers to run a few simple vehicle checks in advance.
Not only do Bank Holidays bring with them a greater risk of accidents, they also bring about a higher possibility of breakdowns and delays. Motorists who want to be on the roads during this busier period should be vigilant behind the wheel and prepare for their journeys by taking a few simple precautions.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director at popular car insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk, said, “Drivers need to make sure that they run some basic vehicle checks before they set off, things like checking water and oil levels, running tyre pressure checks and investigating the wear on the tyre tread. As a precaution it is sensible to have you motor insurance details and breakdown membership number to hand. Hopefully you won’t need them, but it is always better to be prepared”.
It is not just car drivers who are at risk though. As the weather warms up and evenings get lighter, motorcyclists are staring to bring their bikes out of hibernation. There are some basic measures which can help every motorists avoid getting into a jam over the busy holiday period.
Some top tips for road users over the Bank Holiday weekend, courtesy of Tiger.co.uk:
- If your vehicle has been relatively inactive over the winter months think about having a service.
- Have a look at the traffic reports before you start your journey and make sure you plan your trip accordingly.
- Make sure you set off with plenty of time to reach your destination – assume that roads will be busy.
- If you want to share the driving with friends or family members, consider taking out temporary motor insurance so you avoid affecting your own no-claims bonus in the event of an accident.
- Make sure you have lots of food and drink on board and make sure you have oil and water topped up before you set off.
- Check your fuel levels! Avoid getting caught up on a busy motorway with an empty tank. Remember, driving more slowly uses less fuel. Driving safely pays!