For many of us, the festive season means visiting friends and family and attending an array of Christmas parties, but this often means commuting when it is dark, snowy, and often icy. In this blog, we will be sharing the top 3 tips in staying safe on the roads this Christmas including important pre-journey checks, vehicle maintenance, and top tips for when you are on the road.
#1 Planning Makes Perfect…
When it comes to Christmas time, there is a sudden influx of traffic on the roads alongside the stormy and wintry weather that cannot be avoided. By being tactful and organised, you can be sure that you reach your destination on time and safely.
Ensure that you plan the safest route, rather than the fastest and always allow extra time for added traffic, any collisions, or disruptions on the roads. If you check the latest updates on websites such as National Highways you can get to know which routes to avoid and map out the best way to get to where you need to be this Christmas.
It is always recommended that you plan for bad weather too, so whilst you are planning your next journey, ensure you have the correct resources in your car in case you need them. This could include a first aid kit, a torch, extra clothes or blankets, food, water, and medication.
#2 Keeping Your Car Healthy Over Christmas…
One thing to keep note of over the festive period is the damaging effect that the cold weather can have on your car. So before you hit the roads for your festive road trip, be sure to check the following:
- Tyre pressure – Check the condition, pressure, and depth of your tyres.
- Amount of fuel – Ensure you have enough fuel to get you from A to B, don’t risk an empty or near to empty fuel tank!
- Lights – Keep your key lights such as indicators and headlamps clean and ensure they are fully functional.
- Brakes – Make sure that your brakes are working as they should be.
- Car fluids – Double check all the fluids in your vehicle such as antifreeze, oil, and screenwash.
#3 Avoid Distractions & Take Regular Breaks…
If you are visiting family and friends or attending a Christmas party that is far away from home, be sure to take regular breaks and avoid any distractions. Risks associated with driver fatigue are often worsened during the Christmas period which is why you should be making regular stops and taking a break. It may add a little bit of time to your journey but even getting out of your vehicle for a short walk can help you to avoid driving drowsy.
When celebrations are round the corner, concentration levels are always affected. Whether that is turning up your radio, eating and drinking, or chatting away to a passenger, these are all distractions that can affect your driving.
Be sure to save those festive treats until you have stopped somewhere and have your Christmas music at a reasonable volume so you can get to your destination safely.
Top Tip For When You Are On The Road…
In the event that you ever break down in the cold countryside or collide with the car in front of you, be sure to call our team. Rest assured we are here for you if you need us. Simply call our team today on 0870 600 3444 and we will dispatch a rescue and recovery vehicle as soon as we can.