|The Great Summer Getaway
Some useful tips from Highways England
School's out and it's that time of year that people head off both abroad and driving on the roads and motorways to different parts of the country.
Highways England have sent some helpful hints and tips on how to make those car journey's that bit less stressful.
Holiday car journeys: how to arrive happy!
Like it or not, for most families the summer holiday will start and end with a car journey. It may be a long one: with a stuffed car and excited kids.
☼ Don’t break down!
☼ Journey timing
Wherever you travel there will unfortunately always be a risk of traffic incidents causing unexpected delays. Most journeys are problem-free, but it’s not a bad idea to build in a safety margin if you have a critical deadline such as a flight or ferry to catch. Remember too that any incident will have a greater effect on traffic if the roads are already busy.
You can check the live traffic situation for England’s motorways and major A-roads before you set off at www.trafficengland.com. Then keep up to date via the car radio, mobile traffic services (as long as you’re not driving) and digital information screens in motorway service areas.
☼ Packing and racking
You might not want to pack the car itself the night before (especially if it’s left outside overnight), so pack loose items into foldable crates or boxes that can be quickly lifted into the car in the morning.
☼ Sunshine all the way?
☼ Make it fun!
Long car journeys don’t have to be boring though. Make sure the kids have a supply of games, toys, comics etc. You can also play story-time CDs, family word games, I-spy, number plate bingo or even sing songs! Yes, a survey by Highways England found 23 percent turned their holiday journey into a family sing-along for at least part of the way.
You can find more journey planning information, traffic and weather forecasts on the website www.metoffice.gov.uk/summerhighways
15th July 2015