Half-term holidays are a great chance to get away and enjoy some fun-filled time with the family, but they are among the busiest times of the year to travel and it’s worth bearing this in mind if you plan to make a journey on the roads, rail network or waterways.
If you’re eager to dodge the traffic, avoid road traffic accidents and enjoy peace and quiet on the canals, here are some helpful tips for managing busy waterways and roads during the half-term holidays.
Avoiding peak traffic
If you’re planning to drive during the half-term holidays, it’s a good idea to avoid peak times to prevent sitting in queues for hours on end. Try to leave first thing in the morning or late at night; if you’re really adventurous and you have a long way to travel, it may be best leaving in the early hours of the morning when the roads are empty and you can get to your destination in time to enjoy a full day.
If you are setting off early or late, take a nap beforehand and make sure that you are well rested and you feel alert; driving when tired increases the risk of accidents on the road.
Coping with busy waterways
The UK is home to some of the most scenic waterways in the world and it’s no surprise that many people choose to hire a barge or embark on a boating holiday when half-term comes around. Busy waterways can be a little fraught and you may end up queuing to go through locks. If you are at a busy site, take care to leave enough room for other barges and narrow boats to get past and try to stay calm and be patient. If you’re eager to get to your destination without having to deal with queues, it may be best to travel early in the morning.
Take extra care if you have taken a dog along with you on holiday, as they can be tempted to leap into the water; if your dog is in the water, encourage it to jump back aboard when it is safe to do so and not while you are trying to concentrate on steering or navigating some locks.
Is it possible to claim compensation for a narrowboat accident?
Just like with road accidents, if you’ve been injured on a narrowboat and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to make a successful personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured by another person or you suffered injuries or illness due to a fault on a boat that you hired, for example, you may have a viable compensation claim.
If you would like to find out more about claiming road accident compensation or making a claim for a boating accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or visit our website and take the 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: October 20, 2015
Author: David Brown