Glastonbury Festival

14 Jun 2016

If you’re driving to the festival this week here’s some good advice to help make sure your festival experience is fun but above all safe one.

Plan jour journey

A planned journey is a safer journey so make sure you programme your sat-nav before your set off, carry a road atlas just in case, check the traffic reports for road-works or accidents and be aware of the diversion routes in operation around the festival site itself. You should also allow enough journey time to include rest stops and to take into account the heavy traffic that builds the closer you get to the festival.

Stay hydrated

Driving while even mildly dehydrated can produce the same number of driver errors as driving when drunk. Drink a glass of water before you set off and carry a bottle of water in the car. It is usual to be stuck in slow-moving traffic as you approach the festival site so staying hydrated while you wait is essential to keeping you alert.

Carry an Emergency Kit

 It’s a good idea to always carry an emergency kit in the boot of your car to help cope with those emergency situations, such as a flat tyre or an overheated engine (this is a common occurrence for many festival goers while stuck in slow-moving traffic on a hot day). For more information and advice on what to include in your emergency kit click here.

Emergency vehicles

There is a good chance that you may have to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle while stuck in the heavy traffic around the festival site. The key thing is not to panic, and do the best you can to make a path for the emergency vehicle to get through.

Drug Driving

Driving while under the influence of drugs is not only illegal, it’s incredibly dangerous. Different drugs can affect your driving in a number of ways, all of which impair your ability to drive safely. The police have a roadside test that makes it easier to detect those driving under the influence of illegal drugs – remember the penalties for drug driving are the same as those for drink driving!

For more information on drug driving click here.

Driving while tired

Come Monday you are going to have to drive back home, and you can guarantee that you will not have had as much sleep as you are used to. Driving while tired can kill – it’s as simple as that! Make sure you are fit to drive before starting your journey home, have a plenty of rest breaks during your journey and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Caffeinated drinks can help but only for a short time and require at least 10 minutes for the effects to kick in – the only real cure for tiredness is proper sleep.

 

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