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Jet is urging motorists to be prepared as they hit the nation’s roads this Bank Holiday. Travelling on the UK’s roads during a Bank Holiday can be hard enough at the best of times, but with heavy rain expected this weekend, widespread engineering works on the rail network, the public holiday coinciding with the half-term school holiday, and the recession encouraging more Brits to stay put rather than go abroad, it means conditions are set to be extra challenging for motorists.

Indeed, journey times are predicted to increase by up to 50 per cent this Friday (the 22nd). So, to ensure any travel on the roads is as stress-free as possible, Jet has devised the following handy hints and tips to help motorists on their way and make the best of the Bank Holiday break.

Plan the route

Get a head-start on the journey and plan the route the night before. A sat-nav is a really useful tool, but making time to study a map and printing out directions from internet route planning sites is also a good idea to get familiar with the journey. Sometimes sat-navs can be unreliable, so it’s better to be prepared and have backup directions.

It’s also important to allow plenty of time to make the trip and have an alternative route planned out – just in case of roadworks, accidents or road closures.

Kit the car out

Accidents and breakdowns are often blamed on poor car maintenance, so it’s worth making the following checks and preparations before hitting the road:

- Check all tyres, including the spare, are properly inflated and don’t have worn treads. The minimum legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm, although many motoring organisations recommend maintaining a tyre depth of at least 3mm. Taking care of the car’s tyres is not only an important safety point, but it will also ensure less fuel is consumed.
- Check the vehicle's coolant, oil and windscreen wash levels, and ensure the wiper blades are in good condition to cope with sudden downpours.
- Stock the car with plenty of snacks and bottled water, and don't forget to have a fully-charged mobile on board.
- Pack the car sensibly and avoid overloading or obstructing the driver’s vision.

Be in tune with the traffic

Local radio traffic reports are an ideal way to stay in touch with what’s going on during the journey and avoid any nasty surprises. Many car radios have a traffic button that can be used to automatically access local traffic bulletins, regardless of what station is being listened to at the time.

Don’t drive tired

Research has shown that falling asleep at the wheel is responsible for a fifth of motorway crashes and as many as one in ten of all accidents on British roads. On long journeys, stop for 15-minute breaks every two hours and take a nap if needed. Build this extra time for breaks into the journey, instead of relying on turning up the radio or the air conditioning to combat tiredness. If possible, it’s also a good idea to avoid making long trips between midnight and 6am, as the body’s levels of alertness are naturally low.

Keep the kids entertained

It can seem like quite a challenge to keep the kids content on a long journey, but there are a whole host of games and activities that are a great way of making the journey fun and enjoyable for all.

Options such as installing TVs and games consoles in the car are great, but they can be pricey and cheaper alternatives can be just as good. Handy travel versions of family favourites like Guess Who? are always popular, or I-SPY books are fantastic for hours of fun. Giving children their own simplified maps to follow the journey is an ideal way of keeping them engaged, and number plate games, back-seat bingo and car karaoke are just a few other ideas – the list is endless.

Drive economically

As well as taking steps to ensure the journey is less stressful, it’s also easy to make fuel go further and save money this Bank Holiday. These are just some simple ideas that can be really effective:

- Stick to the speed limit. On the motorway, slowing by 10mph can save around 40p on fuel for every 10 miles.
- Avoid sharp breaking and accelerating. A smooth driving action is reported to save as much as 30 per cent on fuel costs. If the car is fitted with one, using a cruise control setting is a good way to ensure a smoother driving style.
- Limit the use of the air conditioning and open the air vents instead. Where possible, avoid opening the windows and sunroof, as this can also increase fuel consumption because of the extra drag on the car.
- Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle, particularly roof boxes – extra weight means extra work for the car and more fuel will be used.
- Look at the car’s air filter and change it if it’s dirty. This can have a dramatic impact on the amount of fuel used.


For more information, please contact Richard Postins or Emma Begg at Prova on 01926 776900.

Notes to editors:

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