Electric Picnic Motoring Tips

With Electric Picnic kicking off on Friday we have some tips for safe festival motoring writes Geraldine Herbert


Before you leave 

Make sure your car is up to the job so check the following

  • check the oil
  • check the tyre pressure
  • check all fluid levels
  • fill up the tank
  • check your spare tyre

Don’t forget 

  • Plan your route and journey time before your set off – if you know where you’re going, you’ll avoid the added stress of an unexpected detour on the day.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle. Any bags you need to take with you should be packed securely into the boot to avoid obstructing your view.
  • Remember any extra weight will increase fuel consumption – do you really need that extra pair of wellies?
  • Get a good playlist for the journey on the way so it’s probably worth giving a bit of research (but not too much) into the current line-up.
  • All approved routes leading to designated parking areas for the event are clearly sign posted so follow these routes to avoid unnecessary delay and traffic disruption.  Key junctions and points will be manned by Gardaí. More info can be found here
  • Parking is free at the festival. Parking for weekend ticket holders is located in Red Car Parks A, B and C on the Abbeyleix Road, the Green Car Parks V, W, X, Y and Z which are off the N80 and in the Yellow Car Park on Timahoe Road. These car parks allow access to all general camping areas. Please follow the direction of the Gardaí, and signage to avoid further delays to both yourself and other festival goers. Parking for family weekend ticket holders is located in the dedicated car park in Stradbally town.​
  • Entry for Early Entry Ticket Holders is from 4pm on Thursday 31st August, 2017 until 1pm Monday 4th September, 2017.
  • General Campervan and Family Campervan site will open at 4pm on Thursday 31st August and will close at 1pm on Monday 4th September 2017.
  • General Campsite and Family Campsite will open at 9am Friday 1st September 2017 and will close at 1pm Monday 4th September 2017.


When you arrive

  • Lock up your vehicle and put your car keys in a very secure place which you’re not likely to forget about and they won’t fall out of.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in your car – including sat navs, car stereos, cameras, CDs or mobile phones. Leave your glove compartment empty and open so that thieves can see they have nothing to break in for.
  • Make a note of where you have parked, trying to find a car amongst the thousands parked can be a nightmare.


Setting off for  home

  • Prepare to have your patience tested, as thousands leave the campsites delays are inevitable.
  • Rain, a constant feature of our Irish weather, can quickly turn a field full of cars into a slippery, muddy bog so if this happens try not to spin the wheels so set off  in second gear, not first and  use the accelerator  gently. You can also try cardboard placed in front of the driven wheels to help aid traction or car mats can be used as a last resort!. Once you get moving try to maintain momentum and stay moving.
  • Though you may not have had anything to drink that morning, you may still be over the limit from the night before.
  • And you’re likely to be tired, so ensure you grab breakfast and a coffee before hitting the road.


Stay safe and enjoy!


Geraldine Herbert

28th August, 2017


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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