Driving around on bonfire weekend can be very different to other times in the year. Many hazards appear such as obscured vision from smoke, unpredictable weather and longer periods of darkness making driving more hazardous. We want to make sure you avoid any accidents this weekend and prepare ahead to ensure that you have to best time watching the spectacular displays.
We have put together some tips to make sure you are driving safely during extreme conditions;
Make sure you stay vigilant at this time of the year as there will be an increased number of children and animals about on the roads, especially in residential areas close to event sites. Some animals often get scared by the loud noises from the fireworks which may cause them to dash in front of your vehicle.
Keep your eyes on the road
It’s easy to get distracted by the stunning displays going off in the sky during bonfire weekend. Make sure you keep your eyes on the road at all times to avoid any fatal accidents.
Know the restrictions!
Not knowing the restrictions of transporting fireworks in your car at one time could now land drivers with a £300 fine, or even worse six points on their licence for driving without a suitable car insurance. We are now encouraging drivers to ensure their cars are adequately set up to transport fireworks and to check the terms and conditions of their policy before setting off to collect, or furthermore check with their insurance provider if they are uncertain.
If you are a motorist without a firework storage licence then the legal weight limit for transporting explosive material is 50kg. In terms of fireworks the amount of explosive material usually equates to between 10% and 25% of the total weight, although this should be checked on the individual firework, as percentages will vary.
It has also been advised to travel with fireworks in a safe container in the boot to contain any flames or explosions. This also removes any temptation for passengers to interfere with them during the journey.
Be prepared for bad weather conditions
As we are entering November we should expect darker nights and wintery weather. Prepare for these conditions by assuring that your window wipers and lights are working perfectly before setting off. Also be prepared for worsened conditions from the bonfire smoke by ensuring that your fog lights are in good condition.
If you are unsure on any of these prior to bonfire night you can bring your vehicle into your local John Roe dealership and our service technicians will check this over for you.
Prepare for traffic jams
Bonfire night is one of the busiest nights of the year, make sure you plan your route beforehand and set off early as we would hate for you to miss out of the displays!
Last but not least, have fun!
Don’t forget to wrap up warm with good company and enjoy the spectacular displays this weekend.