By Denna Bowman
A breakdown service is urging motorists to give their vehicles a thorough safety check, including inspecting their tyres, before setting off for their summer holidays this year.
GEM Motoring Assist has advised vehicle owners to prepare their vehicles before setting out on their journey, by checking their tyres, brakes, windscreen wash, lights, oil and water levels to reduce the risk of break downs or accidents.
Airline strikes and volcanic ash have caused massive havoc and disruption for travelers already this year and GEM claims it will lead more holidaymakers to consider driving to European destinations or opting for a ‘staycation’.
GEM Chief Executive, David Williams, GEM Chief Executive, said: “It is no surprise if after the fiasco earlier this year, more and more holiday makers look to drive to their destination instead of flying.
“This will however, mean a greater number of people on the roads that are unfamiliar with certain areas and the varying laws across Europe.
“It is extremely important that drivers realise the necessity to ensure their car has been completely checked before setting off on a long journey. There is nothing more frustrating than breaking down with a car full of luggage and the whole family onboard excited to get to their destination.”
GEM urges motorists to prepare their car before leaving on a long journey – check tyres, brakes, windscreen wash, lights, oil and water levels – and ensure they and ensure you have adequate car breakdown cover and the emergency number with you
In case of breakdown, GEM offers the following advice:
* Breaking down on the side of the road can be extremely hazardous. Consider you own safety first – if possible get your vehicle off the road and ensure all passengers are safe
* Place a warning triangle at a suitable distance prior to the scene and switch on your hazard lights
* If you are on a motorway switch on your hazard lights and pull onto the hard shoulder as far as possible and turn your wheels away from the road
* Wear a reflective jacket or tabard – it is now illegal in some countries not to wear one
* Call for assistance. The emergency telephone number in EU countries is 112
* If it’s warm and you wish to leave the car, exit with extreme caution on the side of the car away from the traffic