‘Frantic Friday’: get ready for 2019’s busiest driving day
Today is being dubbed ‘Frantic Friday’ – the first Friday of a month that’s busiest for British roads year after year, as well as the busiest for breakdowns.
Motorists are being warned to make sure their cars are prepared before taking to the road for summer holidays.
Fridays are the busiest for both traffic and breakdowns on UK roads anyway, but the situation worsens in August. Equally, in France, the third and 10th of August are considered ‘Samedis noirs’ or ‘Black Saturdays’, given how much traffic is expected.
Research from Swinton Insurance shows that only three in five of us know exactly what level of breakdown cover we have. For younger drivers, that falls to less three in 10.
It also found that 57 percent of us take less than 20 minutes to prepare for a long journey – and that for 25 percent of us, less than 10 minutes does it.
“A car breakdown is always a pain to have to deal with, but if you’re on a staycation it could really ruin your holiday,” said Mike McGrail, car insurance expert at Swinton Insurance.
“No one wants to waste time waiting for help at the side of the road, so making a few simple checks before you set off to make sure your car is ready for a long trip is a really good idea.”
Frantic Friday: be ready for a long journey
Here are a few suggestions to help you and your car be best prepared for a long summer journey.
- Pressures and levels: make sure your tyres are pumped up, and your fluids are at the correct levels. Top up all to suit.
- Puddle watch: If your levels weren’t right, is your car leaking? Check underneath for puddles, although don’t assume your car’s broken if you find some water.
- Light ’em up: check all your lights are working, including foglamps and number plate lights. Do the same on the inside, too.
- Stock up: before setting off, make sure your phone is charged and there is plenty of water inside the car.