Crazy... but thousands of university students cannot pack a car safely. Why care?
Because the consequences include limited visibility, reduced stability, distraction, and
stress. Hardly ideal for those who regularly move between student halls, mum and dad's,
private rentals, and work placement digs. As such, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has
a few thoughts:
- Pack belongings securely - loose objects can be distracting and if the driver needs
to brake sharply, unsecured items can fly forward and hit people in the front.
- Pack heavy items in the boot whenever possible.
- Make loads as small as possible. Make sure they don’t block your view.
- Always pack so that everyone in the car, and especially the driver, has room to
move. Feeling cramped causes stress and makes the journey unpleasant.
- A full car uses more fuel so watch your fuel gauge.
- Check tyre pressures before setting off. Tyres on a full and heavy car usually need
IAM Chief Examiner Peter Rodger revealed: “It’s that time of the year when many eighteen
and nineteen year olds pack for university. Make sure you don’t overload your car, you can
always make another trip home after a couple of weeks.”
By Stephen Turvil
Thu, 04 Oct 2012