Summer driving: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Blog post posted on 09/07/19 |

Do you have plans to go away this summer? Our head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, has put together some tips to keep you safe on the road.

  • Plan your journey ahead of time to ensure you know when and where to take breaks. Before you leave, make sure you check for any traffic updated that may cause you delay or to re-route
  • Check your car before you leave. This should include, tyre pressures, tread depth and condition, and checking fluids. Top up your screen wash and oil (if needed) and check for any underlying problems before you set out on your journey. A good starting point is to do your POWDERY checks
  • Stay hydrated. Keep bottles of water in your car in case of any emergencies. We recommend having plenty of water as it is essential to stay hydrated to maintain concentration
  • Driving in the heat can cause fatigue and concentration starts to slip after two hours of driving. Make sure you take frequent breaks at service stations to stretch your legs
  • Create an emergency kit. Drinks, snacks, a charger for your mobile phone, and a roadmap for any last-minute detours can be useful. If you’re travelling with children, remember to bring some entertainment to make the journey less stressful

Richard said: ”Preparation is key to an enjoyable trip. A well maintained car and a fully fit and prepared body can make the difference between a pleasant drive in the country and a nightmare journey to be endured. Whilst the trip may be about the destination, it is much better if the journey is enjoyable too.”  


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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