RAC on-hand to keep Glastonbury fans in tune

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With revellers set to invade the West Country over the next few days as they head off to Glastonbury, car breakdown and insurance company RAC is recommending that festival-goers spend time planning their journey before setting off.

The only party not to be fashionably late to, RAC helps festival goers reach Glastonbury on-time and stress-free

We also get a number of calls from people who simply can’t find their vehicle – it’s important to make a note of any landmarks nearby to avoid a lengthy wait until the car park empties!

Fuel costs are 15% higher than at this time last year and 33% higher than two years ago so it’s really important that people make sure they know where they are going to avoid getting lost.

RAC’s patrol ambassador of the year, Kevin Andrews will be one of the large RAC team providing 24 hour assistance throughout the week and has the following advice for festival-goers: “I would advise drivers to check their proposed route before setting off to make the journey as trouble-free as possible – visit http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner to get directions, check traffic conditions and calculate fuel costs for your route in one single step."

“Our aim is to ensure festival goers enjoy the Glastonbury experience and spend as little time as possible worrying about their car. We see all kinds of weird and wacky breakdowns but the most common issue we get is from people who’ve lost their car keys. I strongly recommend that fans store these in a safe place and don’t leave valuables on display either."

“We also get a number of calls from people who simply can’t find their vehicle – it’s important to make a note of any landmarks nearby to avoid a lengthy wait until the car park empties!”

RAC will be prepared for all types of weather and just in case it takes a turn for the worse, 4x4s will be on hand. The RAC breakdown recovery team (http://www.rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/) is offering a special Festival Breakdown rate of £40 for non-members with limited recovery – just call us on 07902 906413 – last year RAC assisted nearly 400 stranded motorists during the festival.

To ensure festival-goers’ journeys to and from the festival run smoothly, RAC has put together the following tips:

1. Don’t depend too heavily on your sat-nav to get you to the festival as it may not take into account road closures or diversions

2. If you experience any vehicles problems at the festival, contact RAC immediately rather than wait until the festival is over – this will allow time to order parts, if necessary. RAC’s festival hotline is 07902 906413 and offers a special £40 festival rate for non-members

3. Once you’ve parked your car, make a note of which car park it is in so you can find it again at the end. Look for any nearby reference points to avoid confusion or tie something brightly coloured to the car

4. As with any other journey, make sure your car roadworthy before setting off - top-up oil, coolant and water and check tyre pressures

5. Ensure personal valuables, including car keys, are stored in property lock-ups available on site

6. Avoid running too many gadgets such as i-pods and DVD players through the car as these can often drain the battery and leave revellers stranded

7. Aim to leave the festival early in the morning of the final day before the traffic jams begin – check out the festival website for information on the best time to travel

8. Make sure you have some bin bags in the car to store muddy equipment

RAC advises festival-goers to use the following routes to reach Glastonbury:

  • From London: M3 then A303 and A37 (postcode for sat-nav: TA11 7DP)
  • From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (junction 12), then A303 and A37 (postcode for sat-nav: TA11 7DP)
  • From the Midlands: M40 and A34 to A303 and A37 (postcode for sat-nav: TA11 7DP)
  • From the North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361 (postcode for sat-nav: BA6 9XE)
  • From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (junction 23) then A361 (postcode for sat-nav: BA6 9XE)
  • From the West Country: A37 or A361 (postcode for sat-nav: BA4 4LY)

For more help in planning a route visit: http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner

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