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Six top holiday motoring tips for the Easter break

Easter driving tips from the IAM

Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger of Road safety charity the IAM offers this advice on preparing for a trip away over the Easter break.

  • Check that all of your lights are working, that your tyres have enough tread, and that their pressures are correct
  • Try to carry as little unnecessary weight in your vehicle as this will increase fuel consumption. When loading your luggage in, make sure it is secure, that nothing is obstructing your view, and try to keep the people-space clear of clutter
  • The weather is highly unpredictable so make sure your washer fluid is topped up before you leave, and carry a cloth to give your headlamps and mirrors a quick clean if you need to
  • If you are taking kids with you, take something to keep them entertained while you concentrate on driving. Cordless games consoles and portable DVD players (with headphones!) are perfect for this.
  • Plan the journey sensibly, try not to hit all the peak traffic queues or set unrealistic targets. You need to stop regularly for a drink and a few minutes out of the car so leave enough time.
  • If you start feeling drowsy while driving, pull over somewhere safe, drink some strong coffee and have a 20 minute nap to let the caffeine take effect. Sharing the driving is also a great option, if possible.

Rodger said: “Kids can be distracting and driving can be tiring. But taking some steps to prepare yourself and your vehicle before setting off on your much-deserved Easter break will mean you’ll have a far more enjoyable time getting there, and be better able to have a good break when you arrive.”

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