Excited about your holiday?

This Blog, for once, is not about accident claims in Birmingham. As its holiday season, I thought I would write something a bit more appropriate.

“I have worked hard all year and I deserve a holiday,” you say to yourself as you excitingly click on your ‘out of office assistant’.  No more work for a week! Two if you are lucky!

By now you’ve probably purchased your holiday clothes, (beach and going-out clothes, one outfit per day, not forgetting something to travel in, of course), sunglasses, a suitcase and brand-new beach towels (last year’s simply won’t do).

On the way home you can’t keep your excitement to yourself so you tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers that you’re off work for a week and are off on your holidays tomorrow.  You know you shouldn’t; you’re  simply saying to the world, “Hey everyone, my house will be empty for a week or two, come on in!” – But you still do it.

Once home it is last minute packing.  This goes on until the early hours of the morning because your suitcase can never be too full or you’re worried you’ve forgotten something.

“Will I ever wear those 7 T-shirts, 7 dresses, 7 tops and 7 pairs of trousers”, you think as you get in the car.  I don’t think so!

You may have made a packed-lunch to save on the cost of the extortionate motorway service station prices.  If you have kids you will only be in the car for half an hour before they start asking you, no, not the traditional, “Are we there yet?” Not yet anyway, but the , “When can we have our sandwiches?”  Yes, those sandwiches which were made for lunch-time, not 6am in the morning!

Queue of traffic behind tractor on the A75 road UK

Trouble ahead!  Before you hit the motorway, you get stuck behind a tractor.  This isn’t good as you know you have got to get on the M5 before the busy summer school holiday getaway.  Pass the cut off time for getting on the motorway and you are doomed – it could be 6+ hours of fun motorway travelling ahead.

So then, the conversation about which motorway services you will stop at.  It has to be planned, just right (probably by the man in your car).  Stop at the wrong motorway services and you hit traffic.  Stop at the right motorway services and you miss the traffic. How does that work?

When you reach the services you always end up in the lane for lorries or for fuel when all you really want is the normal services as your dying for the loo.  This happens to us at every service station, why is it all so confusing?

Accident Claim Birmingham - queue for loo

Everyone must surely have this conversation?  Doesn’t everyone say something about the cost of food or goods sold at the service station yet we all still go there?  Well, the seal can’t remain unbroken forever.  As always, the women have to queue for the toilets, but not the men.  Where are the men when you come out?  Never in the place where you arranged to meet them.  Yes, after searching the whole building, you finally find them, back in the car!

Back on the motorway and the stop proves to be a big mistake when you come across the signs warning you to ‘reduce speed’ as there are queues ahead.  Right on cue (probably the man in your car) says, “I told you we shouldn’t have stopped”.  This is the same person who carefully planned which services to stop at!

Finally, the new sat nav (purchased for the holiday) takes you away from it all.  Sandwiches gone, breakfast eaten, its 9am and you have 7 hours till you finally get access to your caravan for the week.  Happy British seaside hols!

Accident Claim Birmingham - caravans sand

I hope you don’t have an accident but if you do while travelling and away, make sure you search for  the ‘Personal Injury Pal‘ website on your phone. This will give you access to ‘free advice’ on what to do in the event of an accident and after.