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Students 'should pack cars carefully'

Students 'should pack cars carefully'

Students should exercise caution when packing their bags to leave home for the first time, it has been stated.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has stated that new students should be careful to secure bags and avoid loading small items into their car loose.

Motorists are responsible for their luggage and can be prosecuted for not securing it correctly, the institute notes.

Heavy items should be placed in the boot as low as possible, while checking tyre pressure and fuel level is also key, it states.

The IAM also emphasised the importance of taking regular breaks to avoid fatigue, particularly for less experienced drivers.

"When you're packing a car with enough stuff to last you a year it's easy to lose interest and throw the last few small items in loose," said Peter Rodger, IAM head of driving standards.

"University life is fantastic, but students shouldn't risk anything by packing the car badly," he added.

The IAM is a charity which aims to enhance driving and riding skills in the UK, as well as focusing on road safety.ADNFCR-3205-ID-800062011-ADNFCR