Whether its club training at the local GAA grounds, first round of the championship at the far end of of the county or a big day in Croke Park, car-pooling is as traditional as GAA itself.
When it comes to travelling in numbers here are some tips from Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny Hurler & Denise Cronin, Cork Camogie Player who often commute and car pool at club and county level.
Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny Hurler
“A full car of players means a full car of hurling gear also. Aim to put all equipment in the car boot. If this is not an option, then any additional gear should be treated like a passenger in terms of space. When travelling follow these three tips:
- Securely tie down loose equipment.
- Make sure small objects that could roll e.g. sliotar’s and water bottles are safely in a gear bag.
- Do not place any equipment behind the back seats of a car that may block the rear view mirror whilst driving.
On long journeys comfort and space is also important especially on the way home.
Just because you have space for 5 people in the car doesn’t mean you need to take 5. On long journeys comfort and space is also important especially on the way home. There is nothing worse than getting a leg cramp in the car with nowhere to move.
Before we head off, I check that the lads have their seatbelts on.”
Denise Cronin, Cork Camogie Player
Take turns car-pooling when possible driving to training sessions and games which helps reduce fatigue.
“I really enjoy car-pooling as it can make journeys to games more fun and certainly saves players the expense of driving to every training session and game. Not only does the driver have a responsibility on the road, passengers also influence good and bad driving habits. My advice is:
- It’s good to keep the driver alert but don’t distract him/her with too much conversation.
- If the driver is tired at any stage don’t encourage him/her to keep driving. Advise him/her to pull over and take a break. If another passenger is over 25 with a full licence and the insurance policy allows him/her to drive the car perhaps change driver.
- Take turns car-pooling when possible driving to training sessions and games which helps reduce fatigue.”
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