How Holiday Plans are so Easily Ruined?
Having been involved in travel, and in particular airport parking, for the last 20 years, I have seen first-hand how a much anticipated holiday can turn into a disaster quickly.
Flights are missed for a variety of reasons with those listed below the most common.
Motor Vehicle Problems
Despite spending thousands on a family holiday, servicing the car is often overlooked, with simple things like making sure the tires and battery are up to scratch often causing the problem.
Even if you belong to a motoring organization like the RAC or AA, often there is insufficient time to remedy the problem. Last year, due to the severity of the winter, many people failed to make a flight due to their car either not starting, or breaking down on the way.
The UK motorways are notorious for traffic delays, many of which can happen out of the blue, and have a devastating effect on your schedule.
- If you have to travel through the peak work times, especially if you are going to one of the London Airports you need to add at least an hour to your journey. The M25 at these times of the day resembles a slow moving car park.
- Lorry or car breaking down and blocking a lane can cause massive hold ups.
- Road maintenance - There is hardly a motorway in the UK where at some point there are repairs being carried out.
- Motorway pile up that often closes the motorway altogether.
- Diversions taking you unexpectedly off your planned route
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For example, whilst in the course of writing this article, it has just been announced on the radio that the M1 is closed in both directions from Junction 1 to Junction 4, and will remain closed for the rest of the day. There will be travelers from the north of England flying out of Gatwick and Heathrow, who will miss their flight because of this major incident.