Posted on: 25/07/2015
Drivers taking holidays in the UK this summer are advised to leave home and come back on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if their vacation period allows it.
This is because 59% of AA members say they will go away by car for a long weekend in the UK this summer.
August will be the busiest month for ‘long weekenders’, with 28% of 25,810 respondents in an AA-Populus panel survey saying they will take a short motoring break next month. This compares with 25% in July and 23% in September.
The survey underlines the greater holiday flexibility enjoyed by better-off motorists with two-thirds (63%) of the professional and upper managerial socio-economic group taking a long-weekend break, compared with half (50%) of lower-income drivers.
Similarly, although 5% of AA members will drive abroad for a long weekend away, that rises to 6% among wealthier drivers. However, 4% of lower-income families will still nip across the Channel for a quick trip some time this summer.
Given that cars are often heavily loaded for a long-distance family trip, more than two-thirds (68%) don’t think to increase tyre pressures as recommended.
Cars ill-prepared for a long journey
This trend means that roadworks, accidents or other bottlenecks could test the resilience of cars as well as try the patience of their occupants when traffic hold-ups develop.
The same study suggests many drivers give their cars scant preparation before setting off on a journey, neglecting to make even the most basic of checks whether it’s a for a long weekend or a holiday. And according to the AA, tyre problems and overheating engines are among the most common summer dramas that can bring a family trip to a premature halt.
It found that although 89% top up the fuel tank before setting off, a fifth (21%) don’t check their tyre pressures while two-thirds (67%) don’t even bother to make a visual tyre check, such as tread depth or signs of cuts or bulges.
Car handbooks as well as small information panels in the fuel cap cover or the driver’s door shut provide information about tyre pressure for heavy loads.
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