Motoring Advice For Green Army As Countdown To Rugby World Cup Begins

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As rugby fans get ready for the  Rugby World Cup 2015, a roadside assistance and travel insurance provider is offering Irish supporters its top tips for travelling safely to and around the host countries.

Rugby World Cup 2015 will kick off in England and Wales later this month (September 18th – October 31st), with the Irish rugby team playing its four Pool D matches between Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and the Olympic and Wembley stadia in London.

Allianz Global Assistance, a Dublin-based company specialising in travel insurance, roadside assistance and personal service, is giving some practical but essential advice, to help those Irish rugby fans travelling by car have a worry-free and enjoyable Rugby World Cup.

Roland Hesse, the Country Manager for Allianz Global Assistance said: “With thousands of Irish rugby fans expected to head to the UK to support the Irish team later this month, it will be a busy period on the roads. Allianz Global Assistance wants to ensure motorists have a safe trip and an enjoyable tournament.”

Hesse added: “Simple checks in advance of departure, confirming you’re covered for roadside assistance and have sufficient travel insurance and planning your route will all mean any bumps on the road can be overcome with minimal hassle. Irish rugby fans can then get on with enjoying the unique atmosphere of the Rugby World Cup and most importantly, supporting the Irish team.”

Allianz Global Assistance’s Top Tips ahead of travelling to the Rugby World Cup 2015 are:

Before setting off:

  • Check the battery of your car.
  • Check engine oil and water levels.
  • All the bulbs of the car should be in good working order.
  • Check the vehicles tyres: the minimum legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, all the way around. These standards are compulsory and fines of up to £2,500 per tyre apply.
  • Check brakes prior to leaving.
  • Top up the windscreen washer bottle before heading off.
  • Clear the boot out of all non-essentials as this will save fuel and mean easy access to the spare tyre.
  • Avoid packing above the line of the seat backs, so the driver can maintain a clear view to the back window.
  • Confirm that roadside assistance in the United Kingdom is part of your insurance policy.
  • Bring details of roadside assistance and travel insurance cover with you and store important telephone numbers in your mobile phone (keeping a copy in your glove compartment).

Whilst driving in the United Kingdom:

  • Respect the speed limits and remember that the UK operates the imperial system (5 miles = 8 kilometres).
  • The limits are 30mph (48km/h) in the city, 60mph (96 km/h) on Single Lane Highways and 70 mph (112 km/h) on Double Lane Highways and Motorways.
  • Stay tuned into local traffic updates to avoid any jams
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • If feeling fatigued, stop the car in a safe place, sip a caffeine drink and take a nap before continuing your journey for another hour or so.

It is advised that journeys be planned in advance and tournament organisers have made available an online tool to help visitors plan journeys between the eleven Rugby World Cup’s venues, you can access it here.

For up to date travel information and advice, the official Rugby World Cup 2015 Twitter account will also be a valuable resource @rwc2015travel #RWC2015