With the A-level results having been sent out to millions across the country in the past week, many young people nationwide will be looking to start their summer holidays across the next two weekends with a celebratory trip to one of country's most popular music festivals.
Both V Festival, taking place in Essex on August 22nd and 23rd, and the twinned Reading and Leeds, running from August 28th to August 30th, are traditionally seen as places young people head in late summer to enjoy themselves after their exam results come in, but while this represents a fantastic opportunity for fun, safety has to be the most important thing.
Many young people headed to these festivals will be taking a car with them for the first time, and making sure you get there safely and responsibly needs to be at the forefront of your mind. We take a look at some of the most important aspects of making this happen.
Prepare the car in advance
In the excitement of heading off to your first festival, don't forget to make sure that the car needs to be ready to handle the potentially long journey ahead. Ensure that you've checked the little things like the level of oil in the engine and the windscreen washer fluid, particularly if you have to tackle a muddy field of a car park when you arrive.
If you are driving a long distance, you also need to make sure the tyres are up to the job. Check that the air pressure is right (referencing the manual) and if there is any damage to them at all, make sure you have new tyres fitted before you hit the road.
We've all seen those people who arrive at festivals completely overladen with luggage, carrying rucksacks, pushing a trolley and somehow balancing the rest on their shoulders. Festivals require you to take a lot of equipment, but try not to take too much in the car with you. Having your vehicle overburdened with stuff could make it harder to handle, and given that this may be the first time you drive to a festival, you won't want to give yourself additional pressures.
Plan the journey
There's nothing worse than being lost, especially when you're headed off for a weekend of fun with your friends, and the last thing you want is to be driving around aimlessly, looking for road signs to take you back where you need to be.
If you have a sat nav, it should be easy to find your way to your festival, but it's still a good idea to plan your route in advance. It will allow you to see where you're going so you know on the day that you are headed in the right direction. For those driving a long way to the festival, it's also a good idea to plan where you will stop for breaks throughout the trip so you don't end up tired and fatigued on the road.
Posted by Danielle Barge