Advice & insights

Whether you’ve been driving for a few months or many years, some simple tweaks can make all the difference. Fitting a car seat correctly, driving in blustery conditions or travelling overseas all come with their own challenges. Check out our advice section for all of these tips and many more. Or if you fancy a more in-depth discussion of the issues affecting drivers and riders, our insights might be the thing for you. 

Advice

For the journey - tips from IAM RoadSmart

Blog post posted on 15/06/17 |
Advice

Going away during the summer is something that many look forward to. Prevention is better than cure and if you are taking your own vehicle abroad it is a great idea to be prepared for the unexpected events that can occur when on the road. This week’s tips give advice on driving abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

  • Make sure you have the right insurance and breakdown cover.In an event of a breakdown you want to make sure you have international coverage and also know what numbers and companies you have to get in touch with.

     

  • Plan your journey. If you know you are going to be doing a few trips in it is better to know the road and not rely on sat nav’s.Some sat nav’s do not function internationally and unless you have a lot of data it can be costly using your phone as a navigation system. In some countries sat navs with speed camera information in them are illegal.How about going old school and investing in a new map to plan your journey out, if the technology lets you down at least you have a back up.

 

  • If possible do not go at it alone.It is better to have two drivers who can take turns to avoid fatigue. On a family trip children can appreciate a bit of attention how about taking a turn in the back.Give yourself plenty of time and don’t set unrealistic deadlines to catch ferries or to arrive at your accommodation

     

  • Make sure you have the right documentation. We recommend taking your full driving licence, your insurance documents, both the car and travel documents, you vehicle registration certificate and lastly European Health Insurance Cards and passports, dependent on your destination

     

  • Legal and equipment requirements vary from country to country.Check websites such as https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/going_abroad/index_en.htm

     

  • Don’t drink and drive or break local speed limits as fines can be issued on the spot in some countries and the exchange of information between police forces is now common place so your misdemeanours may follow you home

     

  • Check your motor before you leave. If you are not up to date with your car servicing we recommend going in for a fullservice to avoid any hiccups whilst travelling

 

Richard said: “Driving abroad can be exciting, but it brings a new set of challenges that you must be prepared for.  By ensuring that you get the basics right you can be much more relaxed and able to enjoy new sights and experiences safely.  .”

Insight

For the journey - tips from IAM RoadSmart

Blog post posted on 15/06/17 |
Advice

Going away during the summer is something that many look forward to. Prevention is better than cure and if you are taking your own vehicle abroad it is a great idea to be prepared for the unexpected events that can occur when on the road. This week’s tips give advice on driving abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

  • Make sure you have the right insurance and breakdown cover.In an event of a breakdown you want to make sure you have international coverage and also know what numbers and companies you have to get in touch with.

     

  • Plan your journey. If you know you are going to be doing a few trips in it is better to know the road and not rely on sat nav’s.Some sat nav’s do not function internationally and unless you have a lot of data it can be costly using your phone as a navigation system. In some countries sat navs with speed camera information in them are illegal.How about going old school and investing in a new map to plan your journey out, if the technology lets you down at least you have a back up.

 

  • If possible do not go at it alone.It is better to have two drivers who can take turns to avoid fatigue. On a family trip children can appreciate a bit of attention how about taking a turn in the back.Give yourself plenty of time and don’t set unrealistic deadlines to catch ferries or to arrive at your accommodation

     

  • Make sure you have the right documentation. We recommend taking your full driving licence, your insurance documents, both the car and travel documents, you vehicle registration certificate and lastly European Health Insurance Cards and passports, dependent on your destination

     

  • Legal and equipment requirements vary from country to country.Check websites such as https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/going_abroad/index_en.htm

     

  • Don’t drink and drive or break local speed limits as fines can be issued on the spot in some countries and the exchange of information between police forces is now common place so your misdemeanours may follow you home

     

  • Check your motor before you leave. If you are not up to date with your car servicing we recommend going in for a fullservice to avoid any hiccups whilst travelling

 

Richard said: “Driving abroad can be exciting, but it brings a new set of challenges that you must be prepared for.  By ensuring that you get the basics right you can be much more relaxed and able to enjoy new sights and experiences safely.  .”