Holidaying in the UK? be prepared for the journey

5th July 2013

Planning on hitting your favourite holiday spot in the UK this summer? If you are, then one road safety charity wants to make sure you're not overdoing it by driving for too long.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging motorists to share the driving if heading off on long tours over the holidays.

As well as sharing the driving, you should always take plenty of rest stops, roughly every two hours if possible.

Fuel up the car so you're not running on the red light for too long and make sure drivers have enough to eat and drink.

Finally, as with any long trip, it's vital that drivers check tyres beforehand, as well as things like oil, water and coolant. If used tyres need replacing you can take them to a qualified technician to do the job.

IAM chief examiner Peter 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 has everyone smiling from start to finish."

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