You can bank on holiday traffic this weekend

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist

As the August bank holiday weekend presents the perfect time to enjoy some time off work, it inevitably means more traffic on the roads as we travel to see friends and family. So that motorists can make the most of the three-day weekend, and not spend too much of it in the car, GEM Motoring Assist provides top driving tips for smooth and stress-free travelling this bank holiday.

Road safety charity and award-winning breakdown cover company, GEM offers advice for travelling in both urban and rural areas, where driving conditions can vary, as well as motorway driving and towing a caravan. More information can be found in the road safety and motoring advice section

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “Taking a bit of extra time to prepare your car and plan your journey will help to ease the stress of travelling this weekend. With more traffic likely to hit the roads during the bank holiday break, we strongly urge people to take the necessary precautions, and we hope that the tips below help with the planning.”

GEM’s August bank holiday travel tips:

  1. Urban jungle: in urban areas, you’re likely to be sharing the road with lots of cyclists and motorcyclists. Constantly check your mirrors, especially before changing lanes, making a left-hand turn or opening the driver door
  2. Learn your lines: in town, remember that double red lines mean no stopping at any time, and white zigzag lines – usually on either side of a pedestrian crossing – are not to be parked on. If you do, you could receive a three point fixed penalty ticket
  3. Rural rights: while driving in rural areas, be aware of slow-moving hazards, including farm vehicles, animals, walkers, and cyclists. Only overtake when you’ve checked your mirrors and physically glanced into your blind spot
  4. Lane discipline: good practice for motorway driving is to use the left-hand lane for travelling in, and the middle and right ones purely for overtaking. As of 16th August 2013, poor use of lanes can attract a fixed penalty notice of £100, plus three points on your licence
  5. Two second rule: while driving on motorways, two seconds is the minimum amount of time that there should be between you and the vehicle in front. In wet weather, four seconds is our minimum recommended time separation
  6. Pulling your weight: when towing a caravan or trailer, the speed limit on motorways is 60 mph, and remember that you are not permitted to use the right hand lane of a motorway that has three or more lanes
  7. Be prepared: always fully prepare your car before any journey, especially long trips. Check the tyres, brakes, windscreen wash, lights, oil and water levels
  8. Go online: search the internet or use mobile phone apps for free route-planning services, finding car parks and petrol stations. To download the free GEM app, search for GEM Motoring Assist, and gain access to up-to-the-minute traffic updates and more