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In The Summertime When The Weather Is High

In The Summertime When The Weather Is High

Do you realise that ‘In the Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry is forty three years old this year? It is one of those tunes that radio stations bereft of fresh ideas rock out as soon as the sun appears. The irritating thing, of course, is that when you hear it – at whatever age – you put on your metaphorical sun-hat and plan to go on holiday in a cheerful frame of mind.

The euphoria doesn’t last long though because, unless you are single and fancy free, there are complex logistical plans to work out to ship the family from wherever to wherever, mostly in the UK because nobody’s got any money.

The simplest answer is to get the motor out, but long car trips are fraught with difficulties. Sharing the driving is a good plan. Exhausted drivers are bad drivers. Driving standards can be a test of a familial partnership but there is no respite anyway for the resting pilot because someone has to see to the festering group of ankle-biters on the back seat. These creatures are mercurial in their habits and the carer is kept on his or her toes at all times. Priority one is wet wipes.

Stopping regularly for a break is a must; not just for the driver but also the rest of the tribe. The chance to stretch legs and empty bladders makes for a more relaxing journey. Driving requires concentration so it is vital that the drivers especially drink plenty. In this country we are unaccustomed to hot weather and it is easy to become dehydrated.

Petrol stations on major routes and motorways tend to be more expensive so one thing to consider is fuel stops. It may seem a bit anal but identifying cheaper prices en route is a good idea. There’s almost certainly an app for that. Driving desperately around a remote area of unknown countryside with an almost empty tank is not recommended.

It pays to be well rested before setting off but tiredness – as you all well know – can kill so take a sleep break if needed. Ten minutes and a coffee can make all the difference. Children need plenty to eat, drink and do. Probably the worse thing in the world – worse even than a party political broadcast – is bored kids. The horror.

Cars are very useful things. They can get you to new and interesting places in comfort and convenience whilst transporting all the holiday necessities. A stretch of open road can bring on that sense of harmony between man and machine that makes driving a pleasure, but it is easy to be complacent. Plan a trip, take a break and have a wonderful time. Tip: Put some Mungo Jerry on the MP3! Cheesy but it works!

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