Long jour­ney to Fresh­ers’ Week be­gins

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

FRESH­ERS’ Week is be­gin­ning for many, and stu­dents are go­ing to be mak­ing their way north, south, east and west to be­gin their higher ed­u­ca­tion.

For some this will be the long­est jour­ney they have ever driven, to a new area, with a car fully laden with all their worldly goods.

Here are some driv­ing tips for those pack­ing their bags up for the big trip to univer­sity from IAM Road­S­mart’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Caro­line Holmes: ●● Try to re­duce your dis­trac­tions by turn­ing the mu­sic on the car stereo lower and giving your­self plenty of time, to main­tain greater fo­cus. If you need to ar­rive at a hall of residence or flat at a cer­tain time give your­self plenty of lee­way to re­duce stress. ●● Thumbs are for driv­ing, not for tex­ting. Pull over in a safe place if you need to con­tact any­one. ●● Plan your route. As­sum­ing you have never been to the desti­na­tion be­fore it is al­ways good to know where to stop for a spot of tea or a snack dur­ing your jour­ney. ●● Prac­tice be­fore you set out on the mo­tor­way. If you have only re­cently passed your driv­ing test, one of the big­gest chal­lenges is mo­tor­way driv­ing. It can of­ten be daunt­ing so we rec­om­mend get­ting some ad­vice from an ex­pe­ri­enced driver. ●● Make sure you and the car are in tip top shape for a long jour­ney. ●● Try to avoid driv­ing at night, es­pe­cially if you are con­cerned about find­ing your lo­ca­tion or do not feel con­fi­dent. ●● Pack the car safely to en­sure you can still see out the rear win­dow. Loose items can be a dis­trac­tion and, if you have to brake sud­denly, you don’t want a wave of cases, books and DVDs hit­ting the back of your head.

Caro­line said: “The temp­ta­tion to over­load a car that is only used for short jour­neys and head out on the mo­tor­way can be over­whelm­ing.

“But break­ing down at the side of the mo­tor­way is not a great start to your aca­demic career.

“Tak­ing the time to load prop­erly, do­ing some ba­sic me­chan­i­cal checks and plan­ning your trip will get you off to a fly­ing start.”

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