Top five driving tips for a successful bank holiday getaway

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Author: | Updated: 06 Jun 2019 12:39

Ahead of a busy bank holiday weekend, almost a quarter (23%) of drivers have admitted to feeling anxious on the UK’s motorway network, according to research of 2,000 drivers by Nissan.

Furthermore, motorway driving is the second biggest skill the public feel they lack confidence in (21% of drivers), beaten only by the nation’s fear of parking (27% of drivers).

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Almost one in two drivers (47%) also admitted they have taken a smaller road to avoid larger, busier routes while one in 20 drivers are so nervous they have taken a detour of as much as 26 miles.

When broken down into regions, Londoners are the most fearful of driving on motorways (26%) while the Welsh are the least nervous (14%).

Numerous aspects of motorway cruising knock UK driver confidence. These include (based on multiple selections by respondents):

  • 55% are nervous when hemmed in between cars and lorries on multi-lane highways
  • 48% said they are anxious about using the slip road to join or leave a motorway
  • 43% cited a dislike of overtaking lorries or big vehicles
  • 41% admitted to avoiding lane-changes
  • 38% are afraid of colliding with another vehicle in their blind spot
  • 29% worry about pulling into a lane the same time as another vehicle
  • 16% simply don’t like to vary their cruising speed

The survey also brought to light our increasing reliance on technology, as almost half (47%) of the motorists surveyed believe that driver assistance technologies, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Intelligent Cruise Control, either would help or do help make them more confident.

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Top five tips for a successful bank holiday getaway

Whether you’re confident, anxious, or indifferent about driving on the motorway, as Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. So if you’re planning a bank holiday getaway then follow these simple tips to make your journey is a safe and stress-free one:

1. Give your vehicle a quick once over

Ahead of your journey take some time to check your vehicle inside and out before you set off, topping up the tyre pressure and fluid levels as needed.

2. Allow plenty of time for your journey

With the state of the motorway network and amount of cars liable to be using them this weekend, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination from setting off. Keep an eye out for roadworks and diversions too.

3. Soothe car sickness

If anyone you’re travelling with suffers from car sickness, there are a variety of ways you can help them. From using a pillow to distracting them with a song, we’ve collected five tips to cure car sickness HERE.

4. If you’re riding shotgun, you’re navigating

Chances are you’ll be using a satnav or Google Maps on your mobile phone to get to your destination. Programme the destination prior to setting off and take the best route you see fit, and if you’re the front passenger lend a helping hand to direct the driver when needed.

5. Allow for regular breaks

Taking regular rest breaks helps split up the monotony of a long motorway stretch. It’s good practise to stop at least every two hours, and hey, it’s another excuse to get a Starbucks.

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