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Five tips to make sure you get home in time for the England game

Watching England battle it out against the rest of the world’s footballing nations with your loved ones is a rare and special experience that only happens once every four years.

So the last thing you want is to miss it.

Two of England ’s group stage matches have evening kick-off times which will see people racing to get home from work in time for kick-off.

Their opener against Tunisia kicks off at 7pm, on Monday, June 18. The second game against Panama is at a much friendlier 1pm on Sunday, June 24 – but the big game against Belgium is again at 7pm on Thursday, June 28.

You’ve got cold beverages waiting in your fridge, there’s a pizza delivery app on your phone and your family and friends are waiting for you in front of the TV.

Follow these simple tips to ensure you don’t turn up late and miss out on a few England goals (well, hopefully…).

Pick your way through a packed midfield

You don’t want to be facing a queue of traffic when you should be at home, watching pundits queue up to give their predictions on the big game.

But whether it’s a one-way road in London, roadworks in Birmingham or a newly-closed road in Newcastle, traffic has a funny way of surprising us – especially if your sat nav isn’t up to date.

A TomTom GO 6200 , £270, (was £339.99, save £69) could be just the answer. Add real-time traffic information to the navigational benefits of a sat nav (smartphone required for this feature), and you’re going to get home quickly, without getting lost and without being stuck in traffic while you listen to the match on the radio.
A rogue nail or piece of glass in the road is about as unwelcome as a power cut during a penalty shootout. These days a lot of cars don’t have spare tyres in order to save weight and space; so carry a can of Holts Tyreweld , above, to fix sudden problems.

Simply attach the can to your tyre valve and it pumps in clever liquid that can repair small punctures in an instant. You won’t need to jack up the car and it’s a tool-free process.

Stay pumped

Don’t be left feeling flat

Not all flat tyres are caused by punctures. You might find that you’ve returned to your car after an extended period and some of the pressure is missing from one or more wheels. You might be in a rush to get home in time for kick off, but you also know that properly inflated tyres are as important as a properly inflated football.

Don’t risk it: keep a Halfords Essential Twin Barrel Foot Pump in the boot and get inflating. The rewards of getting your tyres to the right pressure are not just lower fuel consumption but better braking, too.

Keep in shape

What’s a less welcome sight than a red card? A red light on your dashboard just as you’re trying to get where you need to be. Just like a footballer, you car needs to be kept in good shape for peak performance.

Reduce the chances of car malfunctions by booking your vehicle in for a FREE Halfords Car Check for added piece of mind. The in-store experts will track down problems with the tyres, oil level and will even top up your screenwash – also for free.

Be prepared

You can do everything within your power to make sure you’re home on time, but freak weather occurrences and the actions of other motorists are often beyond your control.

Need to explain to your family and friends why you missed that historic victory? Make sure you have a Nextbase 112 Dash Cam installed and your alibi will be watertight.

Plus, after your gang has replayed those winning goals and watched the post-match analysis on the TV you can thrill them with footage of that gridlock on the M11.

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