With the Glastonbury Festival kicking off on Wednesday we have some tips for safe festival motoring writes Geraldine Herbert
Before you leave
Make sure your car is up to the job so check the following
- change the oil
- check the tyre pressure
- check all fluid levels
- fill up the tank
- check your spare tyre
- From London: M3 then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP).
- From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (Junction 12), then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
- From the Midlands: Preferably M40 and A34 to A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
- From the North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361. (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
- From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (as above) (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
- For more local traffic using the A37 North or A361 East (Sat Nav BA4 4LY).
- Plan your route and journey time before your set off – if you know where you’re going, you’ll avoid the added stress of an unexpected detour on the day.
- The worst time to arrive by car is between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday
- Don’t overload your vehicle. Any bags you need to take with you should be packed securely into the boot to avoid obstructing your view.
- Remember any extra weight will increase fuel consumption – do you really need that extra pair of wellies?
- Get a good playlist for the journey on the way so it’s probably worth giving a bit of research (but not too much) into the current line-up.
- All approved routes leading to designated parking areas for the event are clearly sign posted so follow these routes to avoid unnecessary delay and traffic disruption.
When you arrive
- Advance car park tickets for Glastonbury 2015 are no longer available to buy online. Car park tickets will be available on the gate, costing £35 per vehicle (cash only)
- There are four main entrances for cars so follow the P signs to get to the nearest available parking spaces.
- Once parked lock up your vehicle and put your car keys in a very secure place which you’re not likely to forget about and they won’t fall out of.
- Make a note of where you have parked, trying to find a car amongst the thousands parked can be a nightmare.
Setting off for home
- The worst times to leave by car is on Monday between 8am and 5pm when there can be long delays of up to 9 hours to leave the car parks. Beat the queues by leaving between 1am and 7am on Monday morning
- Rain, a constant feature of summer festivals, can quickly turn a field full of cars into a slippery, muddy bog so if this happens try not to spin the wheels so set off in second gear, not first and use the accelerator gently. You can also try cardboard placed in front of the driven wheels to help aid traction or car mats can be used as a last resort!. Once you get moving try to maintain momentum and stay moving.
- Though you may not have had anything to drink that morning, you may still be over the limit from the night before.
- And you’re likely to be tired, so schedule in regular rest stops for the drive back.
Stay safe and enjoy!
22nd June, 2015