FESTIVAL-GOERS are being given advice on how not to LOSE their cars at large summer events.

It has been revealed in research by AA-Populus that 46 per cent of drivers look for a memorable landmark at the end of the row.

Yet around three per cent admitted that they don’t think about it until it’s too late and end up wandering around the cark park pressing the remote and listening for a beep from the car.

In the run-up to the last big outdoor events of the summer with Reading and Leeds, Carfest South, The Big Feastival, Creamfields and others fast approaching, the AA is issuing parking advice including tips on how to keep track of your car.

Two pieces of quick advice on this. Firstly, is it still summer. The last time I looked autumn was rapidly roaring in.

Secondly, I suspect that some questionable substances partaken may have clouded a few memories of where these festival-goers left their motors.

Anyway, the AA have issued advice on how not to lose your car and even a new Car Genie app device to stop that happening.

Motorists lose their cars

Motorists lose their cars

John Snowling, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “Everyone loves festivals and summer shows, but for hundreds of travellers, trying to find your car in a field full of vehicles can be like finding a needle in a haystack – especially at night or with tired kids and camping gear in tow.

“We’ve been helping drivers park at big summer events such as Glastonbury, Wimbledon and county shows for decades – so it’s no surprise we’ve got a few tips to share!

“If you haven’t been to the event before, research parking before you go. There may be several entrances and exits for cars or different ways in or out depending on whether you are camping or towing a caravan.

“It’s a good idea to make a note of where you parked. If there’s a car park number or colour, or any fixed landmarks nearby, take a picture or jot it down and keep the note with you, along with a map of the event site if there is one.

“Of course, the quickest and easiest way is to use an app which shows you the location of your car if you can. Just make sure you pack a portable phone charger as part of your essential event kit.”

AA members using the exclusive Car Genie device can see information on their vehicle’s whereabouts so that they never lose their car, helping to find it quickly when the show winds down and crowds start to make their way back to the busy parking areas.

Snowling added: “As well as saving time when the app leads you straight to your car, you’ll earn bragging rights as you walk past the three per cent who didn’t plan ahead.”

Phil Lanning

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