Travelling on the nation’s roads during a bank holiday is at best stressful – at worst deadly.
So Somerset County Council’s road safety team have put together some helpful tips to help you reach your destination safely.
- Check out the route – you won’t be distracted and make mistakes.
- Programme the sat-nav before you go and make sure it’s correct.
- Plan an alternative route in case of closures/delays.
- Take a road map as a fall-back.
- Follow Travel Somerset for the latest updates.
- Check the tyre pressure and tread depth.
- Make sure your lights are working.
- Ensure fuel, water, oil and screen wash are topped up.
- Make a visual vehicle inspection to check for any other obvious issues.
- Carry an emergency kit: First aid kit, warning triangle and hi-vis vest.
- Don’t overload your vehicle.
- Never pack any higher than the rear of the seat backs – you risk injury from items being thrown forward.
- Put heavier items at the bottom; smaller items in bags, under seats or in door pockets.
- Use a correctly fitted roof rack/ box for extra luggage.
- Be aware the extra weight means your vehicle will handle differently and you’ll need to adjust your tyre pressure.
Look after yourself:
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t drink alcohol the night before – especially if it’s an early start.
- Hydrate; dehydrated drivers can make as many errors as drunk ones!
- Take regular rest breaks (we recommend a minimum 20 minute break for every 2 hours driving).
Breakdown on the motorway:
- Pull over on to the hard shoulder or as far to the left as you can.
- Get out of the car by the doors on the left-hand side of your vehicle.
- Stay behind the barriers, up the embankment and to the rear of the vehicle.
- Except in emergency situations pets should be left in the vehicle.
- Don’t put out a warning triangle or try to fix the issue yourself.
- Use one of the emergency phones situated every mile along the carriageway to request assistance.
And off the motorway:
- If it’s safe place a warning triangle at least 50 metres behind the vehicle.
- Only attempt to fix your vehicle if it’s safe.
- Keep emergency breakdown contact details somewhere handy.
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “If you’re travelling by car this weekend follow our road safety team advice and have a great bank holiday wherever you spend it.”
For more information and advice on road safety visit: www.somersetroadsafety.org