It’s that time … road trip!

Blog post posted on 03/08/16 |

Summer is here and the holiday season is upon us. A lot of travellers try to kill two birds with one stone by driving and sleeping in the same place. Here are some road trip driving safety tips for you caravan and motorhome users from, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman. 

  • Plan for the best and the worst. We recommend having an emergency kit such as fuses, spare keys, a spare phone charger, a tool kit, spare bulbs and a spare tyre or tyre repair kit.
  • Get prepared! Plan your route and journey before heading off, making note of all the attractions and places to eat so that the journey can be easier and feel miles smoother. Also consider the size of your motorhome or caravan – some roads may be challenging if you meet oncoming traffic.
  • Choose your stopping areas carefully, making sure you are safely away from the traffic and not trespassing.
  • Sometimes sickness strikes. If your passengers suffer from travel sickness, they can take a travel sickness pill but read the label as some cause drowsiness and you may have to avoid them.
  • In case of an emergency, the number to call in Europe is 112 and that will put you through to the emergency services. It also works in the UK.
  • Don’t forget your documentation, car/ motorhome insurance certificates, log books, proof of MOT and fundamentals such as your driving licence and passport (and visa if needed).

Richard said “Recent events at the Port of Dover have showed how travel plans can go wrong. Make sure you have a supply of water and snacks to cater for delays. If you are stuck pop the kettle on but not while moving. If you can make the journey the holiday, the destination is less important.”


Notes to editors:

  1. Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.
  2. IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

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