With the mercury rocketing last week the UK’s long awaited summer may have finally arrived, just in time for the summer holidays.
As thousands of schools break up, and the country gears up for the great British getaway, travellers are being warned of long delays as holiday makers and day trippers get on the move. With that in mind, online parking marketplace YourParkingSpace.co.uk has compiled its list of 10 tips to help avoid a stressful journey.
1) Book your parking space in advance
The last thing you want to be doing after a long journey is driving around an unfamiliar place trying to find a parking space. Find and book a parking space in advance at www.yourparkingspace.co.uk.
2) Plan your journey ahead
Check the route and travel news before you set off and pack an old fashioned map in case of any diversions or technical issues with your GPS. If you’ve booked a parking space in advance through YourParkingSpace.co.uk the owner may be able to share local travel knowledge and advise on busy roads to avoid.
3) Check your car before you set off
Check oil, water, fuel levels, tyres, battery power, headlights, indicators, windscreen wipers and cooling fan before heading off. These are all simple DIY maintenance items that could save you a lot of time and hassle.
4) Find new places to visit and explore
If you have a long journey, consider taking a scenic route and stopping off along the way. You can often find somewhere to leave your car close to big tourist attractions for as little as £4 a day through YourParkingSpace.co.uk, and the parking space owner may even be able to advise on other local delights.
5) Mobile phone charger
Ensure you have an in-car mobile phone charger in case of an accident or breakdown.
6) In car entertainment
Make a holiday playlist in advance and pack any toys or DVDs to entertain passengers. If the inevitable boredom sets in with children, you can always resort to I spy or counting cars.
7) Stay safe
Don’t use your mobile phone whilst driving, stick to the speed limit and ensure all passengers are wearing their safety belts at all times.
8) Pack a picnic
Pack plenty of water to keep everyone on board hydrated. Make sure snacks are portable and transport resistant to avoid spillages.
9) Take care of pets
Pets too will need plenty of water and fresh air breaks. Before setting off check for pet friendly places to stop on route. If booking a car park space through YourParkingSpace.co.uk the parking space owner may be able to advise on local walks.
10) …and finally, be patient.
You may get stuck behind a tourist who’s lost so be patient on the road, and anyway, it’s the holidays, so relax and enjoy the drive.
Harrison Wood, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk said, “Nobody wants to start their summer holiday sizzling in a hot traffic jam but with a bit of preparation you can ensure that you arrive at your destination in good shape. Booking your parking spaces before setting off means that you have one less thing to worry about on your journey. The simple online search system makes it easy to find and pre-book your car park space, and with over 250,000 spaces available nationwide, you’re sure to find the perfect parking spot wherever your heading.”
Online parking market place, YourParkingSpace.co.uk allows people to rent out their space driveways, garages and parking space throughout the UK. To find and book a parking space visit www.yourparkingspace.co.uk.