Many families will take to the roads this Christmas to meet relatives. Take a look at our top tips for staying safe on the roads this festive season…
Whether you’re heading home for Christmas, visiting family members afar or spending Christmas in a holiday home, it’s important that you check over your car before heading on these journeys and stay safe on the road during the festive period. Take a look at our top tips below.
Check The Weather & Traffic Before You Set Off
Although so far the UK weather has been quite mild, there may still be some risks of black ice and flooding. Make sure you check the weather the evening before you set off so you can plan your route and drive to the conditions. If there is going to be snow or heavy rainfall, drive slower and leave a larger distance between yourself and the car in front.
It’s also wise to check the traffic before you head off on your journey in case there are any accidents, flood warnings or road closures in place. It’s best to check with your local news or input the directions into Google Maps and Google will provide you with the quickest route.
Keep Your Car Maintained
To ensure your car is ready for the cold winter months why not book your car in for a Pulman Winter Health Check for £20*. Included in the check is an Express Visual Check which identifies any health issues which may need fixing immediately or in the near future. Plus take home your own Winter Care Kit which includes De-Icer, Ice-Scraper and Screenwash. After your car has had its Winter Check at Pulman, it will receive a wash and vacuum.
Make sure all of your essential fluids are topped up such as your brake fluid, oil, Screenwash and check your tyres have enough air in them. As the evenings turn darker earlier during the winter months, make sure you check your lights too.
Avoid Driver’s Fatigue
If you’re travelling far this Christmas, ensure you have had plenty of sleep the night before, and if possible, switch the dedicated driver throughout the journey. If you do come across tired and you’re the only driver, take regular breaks at service stations for a quick drink and a bite to eat; it’s also wise to turn the heating down in your car now and again so it doesn’t get too stuffy!
When you’re driving through built-up areas such as towns and villages make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. During the festive period there are a lot more people on the streets enjoying Christmas celebrations and may not be as aware as you when walking near the road!
Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel/Electric Range
If you’re heading on a long journey to spend Christmas with relatives, don’t leave your car short on fuel as some fuel stations close during the Christmas period. There’s nothing worse than driving around a new area searching for a petrol station plus you’ll find fuel pricier if you go to a service station just off the motorway.
If you own an electric vehicle, make sure you charge your EV until you’re about to leave (if you have wallbox installed at home or charge throughout the night). If you’re unable to charge at home, find your local EV station on Zap Map and use a rapid charger.
Be Careful The ‘Morning After’
Many people enjoy a couple of drinks over the festive period but on the morning after if you know you’re going to be the dedicated driver, take it easy the night before and stop drinking early on. Between Christmas and New Year the police are more prone to breathalyse you; if you are the only one driving to meet relatives or friends, wait till later in the day after a good breakfast and lunch before you head off and remember we can all still have a good time without loads of alcohol!
Don’t Leave Gifts On Show
If you’re quickly running to the shops or at a service station before you head on your Christmas journey, make sure you don’t leave any gifts or valuables on show. Anything which looks expensive or wrapped in Christmas paper on show in your car will attract thieves, who may try to break into your car. To avoid the potential risk, place all gifts in the boot or if there is more than one of you travelling, ask if one of the adults wouldn’t mind waiting in the car.
Finally, from all of the team at Pulman, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
*Prices correct at time of article (23/12/19) and may be subject to change.