Motorists urged to plan ahead

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motorists in Derbyshire are being urged to perform safety checks on their vehicles ahead of long journeys after a survey found many fail to take basic precautions.

The Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership issued the advice after road safety charity Brake questioned 1,000 drivers and found that 39 per cent set off on long journeys without checking the condition and pressure of their tyres.

Robert Hill, partnership manager, said: “Getting ready for a holiday or work trip can be stressful, but safety should be your number one priority.

“Vehicle checks only take a few minutes to perform, but they can save lives.”

Planning ahead is another way of reducing risk on long journeys.