Driving Standards Agency provide top summer tips

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Driving Standards Agency provide top summer tips

Post by Admin on Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:15 am

THE Driving Standards Agency has put together some useful tips to help drivers planning long journeys to their holiday destinations.
In 2008 661 people were killed in road crashes between July and September. Another 6,704 were seriously injured.
Many drivers will be travelling long distances on unfamiliar roads during the summer break. Following the DSA's summer driving advice will help to ensure that motorists are well prepared for a safe and comfortable journey.
DSA Chief Driving Examiner, Trevor Wedge, said: ďWe all want to enjoy the summer holidays from the moment we leave the house.
"So,if you have a long drive ahead of you then have a look at our tips for safe summer driving to help get your holiday get off to the best possible start."
Here are some top summer driving tips.
* Before setting off, ensure that you have enough fuel. Switch off your mobile phone and make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing for driving.
* Stay alert by taking a break of about 15 minutes every two hours at somewhere suitable, such as a service area. Get a good nightís sleep before embarking long journeys and avoid driving between midnight and 6am when natural alertness is at a minimum.
* The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under 14 are properly restrained in a seatbelt. If you are taking the family pet on holiday, donít forget to ensure it is secured for its own and your safety.
* If you are towing a caravan for the first time in a number of years then make sure you are familiar with the relevant changes that have taken place before getting in the driverís seat.
Anyone who is unsure of the rules which apply to those towing caravans should check the DSA website for further information click on the link in our "related articles" section.
The Caravan Club offers both caravan and motorhome training courses for drivers who want to brush up on their skills before they set off on holiday.
* Sat-navs are a useful tool but they are not a substitute for route planning. Drivers should be aware of road signs, exercise common sense and use the sat-navís estimated time of arrival as a guide, rather than trying to achieve it or better it.
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