You Can Bank On Holiday Traffic This Easter Weekend, warns GEM

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist

GEM Motoring Assist, the road safety charity and award-winning breakdown cover company, is warning motorists to be wary of particularly heavy traffic throughout the Easter bank holiday period.

With a four day weekend ahead, and lots of people driving to see family and friends, the roads are going to be exceptionally busy but, to help avoid getting caught up in traffic this weekend, GEM has prepared top tips to combat the hectic period. With information including how to maximise fuel efficiency while driving, and necessary vehicle checks ahead of any journey, GEM’s tips aim to make the Easter break as hassle-free as possible.

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “While wishing everyone safe and stress-free driving this Easter, we also urge motorists to take extra care while travelling, especially with family and children on board. There are measures that we can all take to prepare for what is going to undoubtedly be a busy weekend for road users up and down the country.”

GEM’s bank holiday travel tips:

  1. Don’t over indulge: shed any unnecessary weight in the car, and fuel consumption will fall by one per cent for every per cent of the car’s weight you remove
  2. Don’t tire out your tyres: a vehicle with even one of its tyres deflated by 20 per cent, increases fuel consumption by five per cent. Make sureyours are inflated to the correct pressure
  3. Don’t do things last minute: always prepare your car before any journey, especially long trips. Ensure you check the tyres, brakes, windscreen wash, lights, oil and water levels
  4. Do make a plan: aproximately 350,000 tons of fuel is wasted every year by people getting lost while driving, so ensure you plan the most direct route to your destination. Avoid heavily congested areas, and peak driving times too
  5. Do slow things down: most cars run at their peak efficiency at 60mph, and for every five mph you drive above that, you will lose six per cent of your fuel economy
  6. Do pull your weight: when towing a caravan, remember that in the UK you are restricted to a maximum speed of 50mph on single carriageway roads, and 60mph on dual carriageways and motorways, providing that no lower limits are in force

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