Top Tips For Travelling By Car This Summer

How to get ready for summer travel

2020 has been a rollercoaster year so far. But the summer isn’t over yet and most of us are still trying to make the most of it. With many international travel restrictions still in effect, summer travel this year will be very different for many of us. Domestic travel by road this summer is looking like a great option to consider.

Before you head off for a road trip, here are some top tips to keep in mind:

Pre-Travel

  • Packing up all your summer road trip essentials
    Besides your favourite summer hat, make sure you pack things that will come in handy. Some essentials include a roadside emergency kit and first aid kit, reusable bottles of water and snacks, sunscreen and most importantly a playlist that includes all your favourite road trip sing-alongs.
  • Is your car ready for a summer road trip? 
    If your vehicle hasn’t been used to any great extent recently, it is recommended to do a thorough checkup of your vehicle in advance and get any issues fixed prior to traveling. Check our 6 car checks you can do yourself here.
  • COVID-19 precautions you can take
    Once you decide your destination, do your research about local guidelines and policies. Some beaches and tourist locations have rules in place to ensure the safety of both the locals as well as tourists.Along with the mandated face mask, it’s advisable to carry sufficient hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes and sprays.

During Your Travel

  • Social Distancing
    With COVID-19 still being a significant threat to our health, it’s important to maintain social distancing especially at high touchpoint areas such as petrol stations, garages or even convenience stores.
  • Sanitising
    Use that hand sanitiser you carried if you come in contact with any public space. When you re-enter or exit your vehicle, it is advisable to sanitise or wash your hands for 20 seconds whenever possible.
  • Eating out
    If you are to dining out, make sure you double down on the preventative measures and take all the precautions needed to protect yourself and the people you interact with. The government has provided more guidance for your journey here.

Once You’re back home

  • Clean Up
    Or even better, do a deep clean! Make sure you separate your clothes for laundry and hop into the shower. Disinfect your car and any other surfaces such as luggage, picnic baskets, coolers, etc.

At ClickMechanic, we offer contact-free car servicing & repairs to help keep customers and mechanics safe. If you are concerned that your vehicle may not be ready to drive or if you are not sure what is wrong with your car then place a booking online for our 28-point Vehicle Health Check.

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UK Drivers Are More Likely to Have an Accident Driving Home from Work in the Evening Than First Thing in the Morning

We have analysed the latest figures from the Department for Transport and can reveal that UK drivers are more likely to have a car accident when driving home at peak time in the weekday evenings, than driving in the mornings.

In fact, the figures for all recorded causalities in 2016 show that 5-6pm on weekdays is when UK drivers have the highest chance of an incident occurring, as 7,150 accidents were reported during this time. This is followed by 4-5pm on weekdays with 6,612 incidents, after which 8-9am is most likely with 6,024 car accidents. The afternoon school run then ranks 4th with 5,814 incidents occurring between 3-4pm over 2016, after which the evening peak time of 6-7pm places 5th with 5,657 recorded accidents. The remaining morning hours of 9-10am (3,978 incidents) and 7-8am (3,678 incidents) then rank at the lower-end of the table.

Looking at the weekends, car accidents have a slightly higher chance of occurring on a Saturday than a Sunday, though not as likely as the weekdays. 2016’s figures show most incidents are occurring between 11am and 6pm on both days with Saturday peaking between 1-2pm with 1,246 reported accidents. Whereas Sunday drivers are more likely to face an incident between 2-3pm, as 1,109 accidents were recorded in 2016.

Interestingly, the seasons have little effect on the number of accidents which are spread out fairly evenly across the months of 2016. There is a slight increase in some of the winter months, however January (9,276), August (9,249) and November (9,200) have the highest number of road accidents. The slight increase in accidents during the winter may be a result of the shorter, darker days and potential ice on the road. Whereas the increase in August could be a result of the summer holidays and drivers attempting to travel on new roads.

Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, said: “We must take care and stay alert as we drive, particularly during the peak travelling times as there is more traffic and a higher chance of an incident occurring. The fact that drivers are having more accidents in the evenings implies that they are tired after a day’s work and are perhaps eager to get home, resulting in them being more careless on the roads. With the winter months and the shorter days coming up, all UK drivers must ensure that they make every effort to drive safely and take their time during their commutes.”