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Journey Planning

Journey planning can be as simple as checking the map to determine the shortest route between two points. Or a case of following designated routes for, let's say, wide loads escorted by the police or multiple drops in the high street.

There are many sources of practical help on the market, which look at route planning and checking traffic congestion. Satellite navigation systems, both vehicle manufacturer fitted and aftermarket are widely used. Here are a few pointers when planning your route and some respected sources for getting you to your destination.

Route planning pointers

  • The route should be planned to maximise safety and minimise time spent driving 
  • Ensure that the roads selected are suitable for the vehicle used i.e. take sufficient account of overhead restrictions e.g. bridges, as well as tunnels and other hazards which may present dangers for long vehicles in particular. 
  • Select the journey bearing in mind, the time of day. i.e. avoid schools at start and end of school day
  • Weather conditions e.g. snow, fog, high winds, flooding etc. Conditions may be perfect at departure, but consideration needs to be given to weather conditions, both current and forecast on the planned route and at the destination. If the journey is really necessary, safety kit will need to be sufficient for the conditions

Route planners

  • Maps
  • Satellite navigation and telemetry systems that incorporate route planning software.
  • Radio broadcasts e.g. national and local radio 
  • BBC Ceefax page 431
  • RAC Route Planner

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This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.

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