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If you are jumping in the car for the big getaway, the Safer Roads Partnership has some top tips to help keep you safer on the roads this summer.
After weeks in lockdown, we are all keen to have a change of scenery and a holiday and with the further easing of travel restrictions the rush to escape has begun.
This year, the staycation will be more popular than ever. This means the motorway network and main routes to popular tourist destinations could be busier than normal. So be prepared and make sure that you arrive safely at your destination.
Simple checks on tyres, fuel and oil levels help prevent breakdowns, saving you time and hassle and ensuring that you, your passengers and other road users are as safe as possible.
But if the worst does happen, know what to do in the event of a breakdown on the motorway to keep you and your passengers safe. If the weather is hot, make sure you stock up on water to help you stay hydrated. Check travel conditions to try and avoid congestion hotspots.
Joanne Wehrle, manager of the Safer Roads Partnership said, “After many weeks in lockdown drivers may be travelling on certain types of roads for the first time in many weeks.
“If driving on a smart motorway observe all variable speed limits and never drive in a lane with a red X. Always leave enough room between you and the car in front for you to stop safely if necessary. An easy way to maintain this gap on a dry road is to use the 'two-second rule'.
“Take extra care on country roads; there may be unexpected hazards such as blind bends, blind summits, hidden dips and agricultural traffic. Look out for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.
“And drivers may be travelling on longer journeys than they are used to. Remember to take a break if you are feeling tired."
Joanne added: “We wish everyone travelling this summer a safe and happy holiday.
“We all have a part to play in helping everyone get where they’re going as quickly and as safely as possible.”
Follow our #summergetaway campaign this week for more tips and suggestions.