Big Christmas Driving Dos and Don’ts!
20% of road accidents are caused by driver tiredness…
With Christmas fast approaching and over 37.5 million cars on the roads, it’s a manic time of year on the roads. Wherever you’re travelling to this festive season, here are the BIG driving dos and don’ts that you need to know.
Traffic, bad weather and irritated passengers – that’s driving at Christmas in a nutshell. There are bound to be a few hiccups along the way, but here’s how to keep your Christmas driving frustration to an absolute minimum.
Plan your journey
To keep you and your passengers well out of any traffic jams, be sure to check prior to your journey whether there is any scheduled roadworks along the route that you’ll be taking. Take some time to investigate your route before you leave, to save yourself running into any unexpected traffic.
Check apps such as Google Maps regularly for live, on-the-go information that will immediately tell you the best routes.
Make sure you’ve done all the necessary car checks before you hit the road, such as tyre pressure and washer fluid. Prepare for every eventuality…who knows where you could break down! Here’s a few things to consider bringing with you:
- Ice scraper
- Snow shovel
- Bottled water
- Warm clothes
- Mobile phone charger
- First aid kit
- High-visibility jacket
- Jump leads
After all, you don’t want to end up on Santa’s naughty list. And, it’s the season of good cheer, so spread a little Christmas joy by giving way when it’s safe to do so and keeping plenty of distance between you and the car in front.
Playlists keep passengers quiet
Whatever age group you’ll be travelling with, whether it’s with little kids or with your friends, get a playlist of everyone’s favourite music together to keep complaints to a minimum. Be sure to put a few Christmas bangers in there too!
Leave presents on display
Although it might be tempting to leave your Christmas presents in the car, to save yourself the hassle of loading them into the car the next morning, you run the risk of attracting thieves. Leaving wrapped gifts in the back seats or boot of your car is a disaster waiting to happen.
Our advice? Keep them safely inside your house until you absolutely have to put them in your car!
Drive when you’re tired
Did you know that around 20% of road accidents are caused by driver tiredness? And, with Christmas festivities well and truly underway, there are going to be times that you wake up feeling too tired or hungover to drive…but you still want to make the journey anyway. If in doubt, get someone else to drive (providing they’re insured on your car), or just wait until you feel properly ready to embark upon your journey!
There’s nothing worse than setting off on a long drive when you’re not up to it – it’s not only dangerous for you, but for other drivers too.
Drive on low fuel
You never know when your trip could take longer than expected due to road closures or bad weather conditions. To prevent breaking down in the middle of nowhere, be sure to keep your tank topped up (at least half full) at all given opportunities along the way.
Driving home for Christmas
Before you set off, be sure to check your list (and check it twice), of driving do’s and don’ts, to ensure a safe and happy Christmas journey!
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