“Get road trip ready!” Travel Safe Bucks urges drivers to follow these simple steps this summer

Ahead of the summer getaway, Transport for Buckinghamshire’s road safety initiative, Travel Safe Bucks, has launched a new campaign reminding drivers of some simple tips to make sure motorists and vehicles are ready for the road.

With many planning holidays at this time of year, the aim is to help drivers avoid breakdowns and accidents; it’s part of Buckinghamshire Council’s ongoing road safety work.

We know people will be well-prepared if going off on holiday, especially if planning to drive a long way, but we want to make sure drivers are aware of the following advice. Before hitting the road, motorists should:

  • check their eyesight meets DVLA sight requirements and has been tested in the last two years
  • be sure any medication is safe to take while driving
  • know the simple pre-travel vehicle checks that could avoid a breakdown
  • plan for rest stops and be aware of the signs of tiredness.
  • know what to do in a motorway breakdown

25% of UK drivers haven’t had an eye test in the last 2 years, and with an estimated 3,000 casualties a year due to poor vision, getting an eye test before you head off on holiday is more important than you might think. One in six UK drivers admits to ignoring warnings that medication can cause side effects that could impair their driving ability, or not even checking labels for these warnings. Even if you’re taking legal drugs, if you’re taking more than the prescribed amount and it’s impairing your driving, you can face several penalties including a driving ban and a criminal record.

Steven Broadbent is Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport.

He said:

“There are some simple steps you can take to avoid breakdowns and accidents when driving off on holiday. As part of your packing and preparation, don’t overlook simple vehicle checks like tyres, child car seats, and the levels of oil, coolant and windscreen fluid.

“Make sure your eyes have been tested recently and medication is safe for you drive on, and plan in rest breaks at least every 2 hours. You’re twenty times more likely to have a tiredness related crash at 6am than 10am, so where possible, plan an early night if you like to beat the traffic.”

The messages are being shared on Travel Safe Bucks’ Facebook and Twitter pages. They are also available on www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/campaign/top-tips-for-safer-road-trips/