Traveling to a festival can be both exciting and stressful – here’s what you need to know to make driving to Camp Bestival a piece of cake.
According to new data from LV = Rescue BritanniaCar trouble is one of the most common festival mishaps in the country, along with running out of phone battery, sunburn, getting stuck in mud and a flooded tent.
To help festival goers get ready to drive this weekend, they share their tips for combating common car calamities.
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— Camp Bestival (@CampBestival) July 26, 2022
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Directions to Camp Bestival
Taking place at Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, the advice to motorists is not to follow the sat nav directions but instead use the routes listed below and then follow Bestival Camp Signaling of events in the approach to the festival.
With the festival situated in the heart of Dorset, wherever you come from, these are the paths you should take:
Approaching from the East (via/near Bournemouth)
Follow the M27/A31 through Ringwood to Bere Regis. Follow signs to Wool and then follow signs for the event.
From the West (via/near Dorchester)
From the A35 Dorchester bypass, take the A352 towards Wool and Wareham. Then follow the signage for the event.
Parking at Camp Bestival
buying your Camp Bestival parking passes it works out cheaper in advance, but if you don’t, you can also pay for the camp on arrival, but note that they only accept cashless payments.
If purchased in advance, weekend parking is £20 and day parking is £10. At the door they cost £25 and £15 respectively.
Expert tips for driving to Camp Bestival
Whether you’re heading to a festival or just going somewhere to make the most of this #heat wavehere is a guide to avoid breakdowns this summer.
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— LV= (@lv) July 19, 2022
One in five (22%) of festival goers say they missed their favorite act due to car trouble, and 65% of those who broke down at a festival said it ruined their entire experience. A common cause is not checking tire pressure.
Before going on a long trip, it’s important to check your tires to make sure everything is working properly.
Nearly half (47%) of Brits admit to packing their car too much for festivals, and the same percentage say they are guilty of playing ‘Car Tetris’ when it comes to packing their belongings. Often the tire pressure will need to be adjusted to account for this added weight.
While breakdowns are never fun, especially if it’s your first time, it’s a common problem for festival-goers, with 15% reporting a breakdown on the way.
In the event of a breakdown, the first thing to do is take the car to a safe place as soon as the warning signs appear. If you break down on a motorway with a hard shoulder, stop there, get out of the car and wait behind the guardrail, if there is one. If there is no shoulder on the highway, find an Emergency Shelter Area to pull over and do the same.
Once stopped, remember to turn on your hazard lights and, if available, post a warning triangle about 150 feet from the car. Then call the breakdown experts and use What3Words or a GPS location from a mobile phone to let them know your location.
Even if you make it to the festival without incident, according to LV = research, 29% of festival goers have gotten their wheels stuck in the mud.
To get unstuck, reduce the weight in the car by asking passengers to get off and safely move away from the car. Accelerate slowly without spinning the wheels, as this can cause the car to sink further.
Having a shovel handy to dig up the wheels will come in handy, as placing car mats in front of the wheels can help get the necessary traction to get unstuck; just make sure the engine is off first.
Henry Topham, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue, commented: “The ongoing rail strikes have left many Britons relying on their cars to get to their favorite festivals this summer.
“From road breakdowns to lost keys and getting stuck in the mud, no one wants car drama to ruin their festival experience, so it’s important to make sure you’ve taken the necessary precautions before heading out on a long drive.
“This includes checking your tires, oil and water pressure, and making sure you know what to do if you start having car trouble.”
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