Holidaymakers who are planning on long drives this summer have been reminded to stop for a break every couple of hours.
According to the Highway Code, motorists should stop for 15 minutes every two hours on the road. However, as 27 per cent of people who take their car to continental Europe drive non-stop for five or more hours, it is clear thousands of motorists are ignoring this important advice.
RAC European Breakdown revealed one in ten have even driven up to seven hours without a break when overseas, putting themselves, passengers, and other people on the road at risk of a collision.
Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Europe, stated: “Tiredness kills so the fact that such a large proportion of drivers are prepared to go for so long without taking a break when driving on the other side of the Channel is alarming.”
He reminded drivers that regular stops are “essential” to stay alert and comfortable.
As there are regular good-quality service stations in Europe, Mr Dennis added: “There’s really no need to go a very long time without stopping.”
RAC reported that two-thirds who are planning to drive to Europe rather than fly are doing so because they can take everything they need with them, while 45 per cent say they are likely to encounter fewer disruptions, 42 per cent claim it is to save money, and 36 per cent do so to reduce their chance of getting Covid-19.
Anyone who is embarking on a long drive this summer needs to ensure they check their car thoroughly before heading off. This includes inspecting oil, coolant, and screen wash levels, and making sure tyre tread and pressures are acceptable.
Drivers who have a crack in their windscreen should also consider car glass replacement services.