How to avoid the blues af­ter mu­sic fes­ti­vals

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

IT’S that time of the year to bring out your wellies and rain capes and lose your­self in the mu­sic be­cause the sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son is here.

This week’s tips give ad­vice on rid­ing and driv­ing to and from fes­ti­vals from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man

Pack for suc­cess and for the worst. This may mean re­duc­ing the amount of clothes you carry for ex­tra food or even wa­ter bot­tles. The last thing you want to be is stranded with lit­tle or no sup­plies.

None for the road. IAM Road­S­mart rec­om­mends a no-al­co­hol while driv­ing pol­icy. If you do plan on drink­ing we sug­gest hav­ing a des­ig­nated driver – some­one who is go­ing to have no drinks un­til ar­rival and the nom­i­nated per­son driv­ing back has no drinks for at least 24 hours. Make sure a one-year ban and heavy fine is not the main last­ing me­mento you take back from the fes­ti­val

Crashes due to fa­tigue are very com­mon. No sleep or a few snatched hours in a soak­ing tent is not the best prepa­ra­tion for a long drive or ride home. If you feel tired then stay for as long as you can to recharge those bat­ter­ies be­fore you drive.

Set off early to en­sure you don’t get caught up in queues ar­riv­ing or leav­ing the fes­ti­vals. De­lays and bad weather can lead to road rage – not the kind of karma you want on route to a fes­ti­val.

Lock ‘em up! If you are un­fa­mil­iar with the place or set­ting in gen­eral make sure you se­cure your ve­hi­cle, clean­ing off any sat nav ring marks and hid­ing no­tice­able valu­ables

Richard said: “Fes­ti­vals are about fun, great mu­sic and new ex­pe­ri­ences. If you can take public trans­port, then do so – fes­ti­vals of­ten of­fer bus and rail tick­ets and free park and ride. If you must drive re­mem­ber that no mat­ter how great you feel, the law is the law and driv­ing drugged, drunk or tired will ruin ev­ery­one’s sum­mer.”

Read our five tips on stay­ing safe when driv­ing to mu­sic fes­ti­vals

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