Police advice for festival travellers

PUBLISHED: 17:10 20 June 2011

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is offering a range of helpful hints on how to make the journey safely

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is offering a range of helpful hints on how to make the journey safely

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MOTORISTS travelling to and from Glastonbury Festival this week have been offered a few choice tips by the police.

Ahead of the Worthy Farm extravaganza, which starts on Wednesday, Avon and Somerset Constabulary has come up with a set of advice for the estimated 175,000 people who will be using Somerset’s roads over the next week.

• Check your vehicle: make sure it is taxed, insured, road-worthy and topped up with fuel, water and oil. Make sure you have your road recovery details and phone number packed.

• Plan your route wisely: don’t rely solely on your sat nav as diversions will be in place as you get nearer to the site.

• Set off in plenty of time: your journey could take longer than expected and there could be queues for the car parks.

• Pack some refreshments for the car: if there is hot weather, water is essential.

• Make sure you are fine to drive: don’t drive while you are tired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs as your festival experience could be halted before it starts.

• Luggage: if you are carrying luggage on a roof-rack or a top-box, make sure it is secure and do not overload your vehicle with people or packages.

Inspector Chris Morgan said: “Unless you are one of the headliners chances are you won’t be travelling by helicopter and will be on the road like most other festival goers.

“Take these tips into account and your journey should be relatively trouble free.

“For more advice on the day of travel listen out for updates on the radio and on the police website.”

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