IAM: Plan your staycation journey carefully

IAM: Plan your staycation journey carefully 19th May 2014

With children breaking up for half term and the second bank holiday in May coming up, many drivers and their families are expected to head out on a staycation soon.

To try to ensure that these trips are a little more stress free for families, chief examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) Peter Rodger has issued some advice for long car journeys. Tips include making sure the driver is well prepared, the family is entertained and the vehicle is in good shape.

He said that fuel stops should be planned carefully, particularly if traffic is expected to be heavy in some areas. This could reduce the stress of getting caught out with a fuel warning light on while on the motorway. To cut costs, he also suggested getting away from service stations to buy fuel.

Getting a good night's sleep before the journey was also highlighted for its importance. Should the driver get tired, they are advised to stop somewhere safe, have a cup of coffee and take a nap while they wait for the caffeine to take effect. However, if they have a long way to go then they are advised to stop for a proper sleep.

Regular breaks should also be planned carefully, with one every two hours at least. The driver and their family should also make sure they eat and drink sensibly while on the road.

Mr Rodger said: "Getting away on holiday is great fun, but it can also be hugely stressful, especially if you have the whole family with you. Make sure you prepare yourself, your car and your route beforehand, for a trip that’ll have everyone smiling from start to finish."

Additionally, those who have not had their car serviced for a while may wish to get this done before they set off for their staycation. This will ensure that their car is in top shape before they go off on a long journey, reducing the chance of a breakdown ruining their trip. At ATS they can have their car serviced from £79.99.

Posted by Danielle Barge