Top tips for traveling to your holiday destination

21 July

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This weekend marks the beginning of the summer holiday.

More and more people across the UK prefer to stay in the UK and holiday in places like Cornwall or Devon. Maybe even a long weekend away in the Lake District. It's clear that the UK is becoming more popular, as a holiday destination for many families.

It is because of this that holiday makers need to be more considerate to journey times and ensure that they complete their vehicle checks before they leave for their holiday. With 8.4 million journeys expected this weekend, there will be some build up across the UK, especially on the motor ways.

There are high levels of traffic expected on the following:

  • A30 between Exeter and Cornwall
  • M25 between Gatwick and M1
  • A14 between the Midlands and the East Coast
  • M4 between Cardiff and Swansea

If you are planning a journey, we suggest leaving in the early hours of the morning. As having a lay in and leaving in the late morning/early afternoon is the norm for a lot of holiday makers, the traffic in the early hours will be better than the late morning pushing into the early afternoon.

Ensure you check your vehicle before you go! This is a must. There will be nothing worse than breaking down on the way to your holiday. You want a relaxed week or two where there are no worries. This will be easier to achieve if you ensure your vehicle is set for the road today. Here is a quick check of what to look for before you leave:

What to check
Levels they need to be at
Tyre pressures
If you are carrying a lot of luggage you will need to ensure that your tyre pressure is correct. You can find your stand tyre pressure by a simple Google search.
Tyre tread
The legal limit is 1.6mm and new tyres come with 8mm so you will want to ensure you have a minimum of 3.5mm of tread depth before beginning your journey.
Wash fluid
To avoid warning lights coming on during your drive you will want to ensure that you fill up your wash fluid to the top before starting your journey.
Water levels
You will want to top the water levels up to max before starting your journey. This should also be checked before you leave for home.
Oil levels
You will want to top up the oil levels to maximum before starting your journey. You should also check this before leaving your destination.
Ensuring you have enough fuel
Fill your vehicle up to ensure you have enough fuel. If you need to refuel half way through your trip you can use Google Maps on your smartphone, or our app, online Site Locator or satnav download.
Plan your stops, both for breaks as well as fuel stops if you are going on a long journey
Planning your stops is essential. Ensuring that you have a break from driving, especially in traffic. With 7/10 people finding that traffic is the most aggravating part to driving, it raises stress and anger levels. Planning stops will relieve you of this pressure.
Spare tyre
Ensure that you have a spare tyre, a jack and a spanner to ensure that in a worse case scenario, if you need to change your tyre, you have all of the necessary tools to be able to do so.
Lights
Ensure that all of your vehicles lights are fully functional and working before your journey. If you are short of a light and it doesn’t work, this could affect the response time of the surrounding drivers. You will need to ensure that every light works before you take off on your journey.

Ensuring that you check all of the above factors is of huge importance. Now you have a route planned, you can be sure that all of the necessary factors are in place to be able to ensure a safe and uninterrupted journey.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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