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Driving in the summer can bring as much distress as it does delight. The dream of getting away from it all quickly turns to despair as you realise every other family and youth group is doing the same.
With more vehicles on the road, from bicycles and motorbikes to tractors and trailers, the chance of hitting a traffic jam is high, journey times get longer and accident rates go up. We’ve gathered up some useful tips to help you stay safe on the busy summer roads.
Before you drive hundreds of miles across (or out of!) the country, it’s essential that everything in your vehicle is running at its best, and it may be worth getting it serviced. However, there are a few basics you can check yourself:
As agricultural activity ramps up over the summer, more farm vehicles take to the roads in rural areas. These large and lamentably slow machines move differently to other traffic, and should be approached with this in mind.
Hot weather can make even the most experienced driver drowsy, increasing the chance of motorists making mistakes. A blast of fresh air or putting the radio on can help you wake up, but it’s best to avoid getting to that stage.
Bright sunny days can be dazzlingly dangerous to drivers, particularly those without the right eyewear.
Hay fever is an underrated hazard for drivers in the summer, with dangerously distracting symptoms like sore eyes and sneezing. Hayfever sufferers should monitor pollen count levels and prepare accordingly.
Taking as many of these measures as you can will reduce the risks on the road, but in the unfortunate event of an accident, it’s good to have a proper insurance policy behind you.
Our account handlers are here and happy to advise on insurance and roadside cover options for minibuses and other vehicles owned by your Scout group or charity.
For more information on our insurance for minibuses and other motor vehicles, please click on the links below:
Or call our friendly team of experts on 0345 040 7702.