In 2007, the AA has found that 77,000 people used their web planner to decide upon the best route to cross through the port of Dover and to travel across the channel.
With the start of the school summer holiday season in sight, the AA and Port of Dover Authority are jointly issuing advice to help holidaymakers have a relaxing break abroad.
Preparation before departure should include a check that any bulb kits, headlamp protectors or hazard warning triangles are packed – before the cases are added, with some activities to keep children amused in case of traffic delays. Phoning ahead to the port to check ferries are running on time means that the number needs to be added to the mobile phone list.
Whilst overseas taking regular stops, encouraging passengers to remind you to drive on the right hand side of the road, and not driving after a heavy meal will ensure that drivers soon settle to enjoying the adventure, rather than worrying about the details.
“Many motorists will be taking their car abroad for the first time in years, trying to save money on holidays further afield,” says Edmund King, president of the AA.
“Not only are they unfamiliar with the best route to the ferry, but they also need to brush up on their continental driving tips.”
Just in case of last minute worries, however, the AA can provide European breakdown cover or a wide range of maps at the ferry crossing’s shop.