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DRIVE SMOOTHLY: Try to avoid rapid acceleration and braking - pulling away too fast uses up to 60 per cent more fuel

•TRAFFIC JAMS: If you are stuck in traffic for more than a few minutes (and it is safe to do so) turn off your engine to cut emissions and conserve fuel.

•KEEP COOL: But try not having the air conditioning on aal the time to reduce your fuel consumption. Consider opening the windows instead on country roads.

Keeping the kids occupied on long journeys:

•When travelling long distances with young children, it is always a good idea to make sure that a favourite cuddly toy, story CD or picture books are available to keep them occupied between sleeps

•Make regular stops on motorways to allow them and the driver to stretch legs and take a comfort break.

For older children, ipods and handheld computer games can provide hours of fun, as can story books, simple card or counting games.

Remember to pack non sugary snacks and drinks such as juices and water and fruit snacks for hungry youngsters. Stopping for a light snack or further supplies can make the journey nore enjoyable.

Safety with children and dogs as passengers:

•UK law (and in many other countries) requires all children to have child seats until they are either 12 years old or 1.35cm tall. You can normally arrange to hire these seats when you make your car hire booking. Don't rely on them being available if you just turn up at the car hire collection office in busy periods.

•In the interest of safety a dog should be properly restrained in a dog harness attached to a seat belt when travelling, or secured in the back of an estate car or suitable cage compartment. Dog harness restraints can be purchased from many car accessory shops to fit most breeds.

  • Smoking - You will find most car hire companies no longer permit smoking in a rental car.


The above information has been supplied by a third party and jml Property Services ( / jml Property / jml takes no responsibilty for it's accuracy - March 2010

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