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 petrol, 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.”