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Staycationers need to make pre-travel checks

Posted by Freddy Morton

Staycationing has taken off among families and those with accessories and tools for your van, but are people fully prepared for a long journey on the road?

Chief executive of GEM, David Williams warned that when families do not have to deal with the usual holiday stress of passports and airports, they can easily overlook the importance of making sure a car is ready for a long journey.

He said that people place too much stock in the reliability of modern cars.

"It is extremely important that drivers realise the necessity to ensure their cars have been fully checked, as there is a real danger in breaking down on a strange road with all the family on board and a car full of luggage with children excited to get to the destination," he explained.

As a minimum he said families should check the tyres, brakes, windscreen wash and lights of their vehicle before setting off, as well as its oil and water levels.

The importance of pre-travel safety checks was echoed by Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe.