Safe driving during your staycation

Over the summer we’ve featured advice on driving abroad from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), however the organisation has reminded drivers that you shouldn’t just take extra caution overseas – it’s just as important to drive cautiously on British roads.

To make your staycation as safe as possible this year, the IAM offers the following tips:

  • Get an early night before you travel to make sure you’ve had plenty of sleep
  • If you are undertaking a long journey, try and share the driving if possible
  • When travelling with children it is the job of adult passengers to look after them, not that of the driver. Keep them entertained with books or toys and take food and drink for them on your journey
  • Stop regularly – at least once every two hours – and make sure to stay hydrated if the weather is warm
  • Always stop at the next service station or parking area if you begin to feel tired
  • Don’t let your fuel levels reach dangerously low levels; you could be caught out if you encounter unexpected traffic

“Getting away on holiday is great fun, but it can also be hugely stressful, especially if you have the whole family with you,” remarked the IAM’s Peter Rodger. “Make sure you prepare yourself, your car and your route beforehand, for a trip that’ll has everyone smiling from start to finish. Enjoy your holiday.”

If you’re planning a staycation in your caravan or motorhome this summer, don’t forget to check whether your touring caravan insurance or motorhome insurance is up to date. For a competitive insurance quotation from Coast call Freephone 0800 614 849