By Denna Bowman
Driving is the transport of choice for many holidaymakers this summer, according to a survey by a leading tyres company.
Almost three-quarters (73%) of holidaymakers in Europe plan to travel by car, compared to 35 per cent who say they will fly, the survey covering 15 European countries by Goodyear Dunlop revealed.
Half of the drivers quizzed also admitted they planned to spend a long time in the car, exceeding 1,000 kilometres, suggesting that road safety is of the utmost importance.
However, the survey also highlighted how many drivers fail to carry out basic car maintenance and safety checks before setting out on long journeys.
It revealed that a third of drivers are “not very likely” to check the air pressure of tyres or the level of oil in the engine before setting off on their long-distance journey.
Alarmingly, one in eight drivers say they would wait until after the holiday to change tyres worn close to the legal limit.
Other key findings showed that a third of drivers have in the past travelled for more than five hours on holiday without taking a 30 minute rest-stop.
Goodyear Dunlop has, therefore, issued some stern advice to holidaymakers. It has urged motorists to leave ample time for the journey, know the route and read up on the local rules of the road of the country they are visiting beforehand.
It reminded drivers to check the tyre pressure and make sure there is sufficient tread depth, while it is also important to make basic maintenance checks in case anything goes wrong.