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24 June 2011
AA patrols have been in the thick of it at Glastonbury helping festival goers in the car parks.
To help those struggling to escape the mud on Sunday and Monday, the AA's Land Rover crews have compiled some driving tips – with some light-hearted music suggestions to pass the time (aside from the glam rock band 'Mud'):
According to Darron Burness of the AA's Special Operations Land Rover team, "Things are never rushed at Glastonbury, none more so when you're sliding around in the mud!
"But, there are a few tricks that will help drivers get to grips with the conditions. First of all, put on some clean shoes – no driving in muddy wellies – and take it easy with the right foot. Try pulling away in second gear to reduce wheel spin and, if you get stuck, placing some cardboard in front of the driven wheels can help regain grip or even car mats can be used as a last resort!
"It will take a long time, though, so be patient and switch off your engine when appropriate to save fuel."
The AA has a dedicated assistance line for all festival goers (AA members and non-members) which is printed on the cards handed out in the car parks and marked on the AA car park signs: 0800 072 3642.
According to the festival organisers the worst times to leave by car are on Monday (27 June) between 12 midnight and 1am and then between 9am and 5pm when there can be long delays of up to 9 hours to leave the car parks.
Organisers recommend beating the queues by leaving between 2am and 7am on Monday morning.