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‘Check it, don’t chance it’ fuel plea to motorists travelling this August

National Highways is calling on motorists travelling over the summer to check their fuel levels after new figures show there were almost 1,600 fuel-related breakdowns last summer.

Data shows that during June, July and August last year, there were 1,582 instances of motorists running out of fuel on motorways across the country.

And to help make sure traffic continues to flow with thousands of motorists expected to be travelling on the network this weekend and over the late August Bank Holiday, drivers are being reminded to have a safe T.R.I.P and follow National Highways’ new vehicle checklist.

National Highways Senior Network Planner, Frank Bird said: “It’s disappointing to see so many vehicles running out of fuel last summer and our message to drivers is really simple; check it, don’t chance it when it comes to topping up your vehicle with fuel and oil.

“It’s really important that drivers play their part in helping to keep people moving this summer and that includes making sure there is enough fuel to reach the destination so make sure you also keep an eye on the gauge during the journey.  We’d also remind motorists to top up screen-wash to make sure they have good visibility of the road ahead.

“We’re also calling on motorists to plan regular rest stops because we know that long journeys can be tiring. Every two hours we’d advise people to stop, grab a coffee and some fresh air for at least 15 minutes before carrying on with their trip.” 

 For more information on the T.R.I.P vehicle checklist head online to   

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