Road Safety Checklist for Bank Holiday Break
With the second Bank Holiday of the year upon us, Tiger.co.uk has taken the opportunity to issue another set of motoring tips to help to minimise motoring misery on the UK’s roads.
In March 2012 Tiger.co.uk released guidance on Bank Holiday driving which was well received by visitors to the increasingly popular car insurance comparison site. As the second Bank Holiday of the year is nearly upon us, Tiger.co.uk has expanded on their suggestions to ensure that UK motorists enjoy their Bank Holiday break with minimal discomfort.
Bank Holidays bring with them increased activity on the roads and it is important to make contingency plans in anticipation of increased traffic, motor accidents and vehicle breakdowns. Forward planning is essential so that you are prepared for the worst and Tiger.co.uk suggests taking the following precautions before you set off on your journey:
- Plan your journey in advance, allowing time for regular stops and breaks
- Allow more time for your trip, assuming there will be heavy traffic
- Make pre-journey vehicle checks including tyre pressure, water, fuel and oil levels
- Set the car up properly before you leave. Adjust your seat position, configure the headrest and check mirror positions
- Pack relevant driving related documentation such as insurance documents and your breakdown cover policy
- Charge your mobile phone.
- Take time to load and pack luggage into the boot securely. If possible, avoid packing luggage on seats or placing items on the parcel shelf in order to improve visibility and minimise distractions
- Ensure that you pack enough refreshments such as water and snacks. These can help to keep the driver alert and passengers happy!
Once you are on the way try to incorporate the following into your journey:
- Plan breaks – the driver should have a break every 2.5 hours
- Where possible share the driving - this will keep boredom and stress levels down and concentration levels up. Remember, if you are swapping drivers, set the car up accordingly before you set off!
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a breakdown keep calm and follow these steps:
- Turn your hazard lights on and where possible pull over to the side of the road or the safest position possible
- Leave the vehicle and go to a safe place such as a lay-by or well back from the hard shoulder of a motorway
- Call your breakdown provider
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director at Tiger.co.uk said:“For long or short journeys being prepared and organised can pay dividends. It’s worth taking the extra time to make checks like these. As a precaution it is wise to have you car insurance details and breakdown membership number to hand too. With any luck you won’t need them, but it is always best to be prepared. Hopefully UK motorists following this guide will take the necessary precautions and leave as little as possible to chance”