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Monday, June 14, 2004

We’re all going on a summer holiday

Many motorists travelling to UK holiday attractions forget to pack the essentials for a successful journey, claim Green Flag Motoring Assistance.

According to VisitBritain, the UK tourism market is rising again following a series of setbacks in recent years such as foot and mouth. Over 100 million UK residents are expected to holiday in Britain this year and a further seven million overseas visitors will be landing on our shores. Many tourists, particularly UK residents, will be travelling by car.

Green Flag spokesperson Melanie Denny said: “Successful summer holiday journeys are all about avoiding the motoring mishaps that can cast a cloud over peoples’ well-earned breaks. To avoid problems, Green Flag advises drivers to pack the essentials and enjoy some family fun along the way.”

Carrying some essential items in the car can make the journey more comfortable and also help motorists cope better in the event of a breakdown. Green Flag recommends the following:

· A first aid kit
· The number of your breakdown organisation
· A spare wheel and jack
· A warning triangle
· Bottle of water
· Some food and drinks
· A fully charged mobile phone

To ensure passengers are comfortable on long journeys, Green Flag suggests wearing loose layers that can be put on or taken off as the unpredictable British climate requires. It is also advisable to wear sun-screen in the car as sensitive skins can be burned through open windows and sun roofs.

Books, story CDs and travel games are useful to prevent children becoming bored and distracting the driver. It’s also a good idea to stop regularly en route to enable children to run about and stretch their legs.

Green Flag’s Melanie Denny suggests: “Stopping at places of interest along the way can make the journey less boring for children, and also provides tired drivers with a welcome break from the monotony of driving. It’s essential for drivers to take a break at least every two hours to avoid the dangers of driver fatigue.”

Motorists who haven’t chosen this year’s UK summer destination yet may find inspiration in this top ten guide to Britain’s favourites, courtesy of VisitBritain:

1. British Airways London Eye, London
2. Tower of London, London
3. Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
4. Legoland, Windsor, Berkshire
5. Flamingoland theme park, Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire
6. Windermere lake cruises, Ambleside, Cumbria
7. Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire
8. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
9. Chester Zoo, Chester
10. Canterbury Cathedral, Kent


Notes to editors
Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside rescue and recovery to almost 5m customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Green Flag’s incident management centre in Leeds handles around 1m calls each year.
On average Green Flag reaches customers within 39 minutes (verified by 221,000 customer questionnaires received between January 2003 and December 2003).
Green Flag customers give the service a 98 per cent satisfaction rating (based on the results of questionnaires sent to 500,000 customers).
Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents and 6,000 qualified technicians.
More than 90 per cent get assistance within the hour.
Green Flag supports the best of British motor racing and is sponsor of the Green Flag British Touring Car Championship.

Media calls
For further information contact Nigel Charlesworth or Melanie Denny at Green Flag on 0113 399 1427/1387 (out of hours 07711 964 615).

This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Green Flag Group in the following categories: Leisure & Hobbies, Motoring, Travel, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit