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Safer Travel: How to Travel Safely on the Road This Christmas

Will you be travelling this Christmas? Many people will be on the roads over the Christmas period this year visiting friends and family after the restrictions in place in 2020. It will be great to get out and spend the festive period with loved ones, but this can also be a dangerous time on UK roads due to the weather and how busy they can be – did you know that drivers are actually 4 times more likely to experience a car accident in the lead up to Christmas? Read on to find out how you can stay safe.

Driving In Winter
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This post was written in collaboration with Pro Tyre.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

It is a good idea to plan your route ahead of time and to check the weather forecast to try and find a time where it will be dry. If possible, you should try to drive when the roads will be quieter for an easier, safer and less stressful journey.

Know Your Stopping Distances

You should also brush up on your stopping distances so that you will be well prepared if you find that the roads are wet or icy when you set off. Stopping distances can be 10 times longer on ice, so it is vital that you keep this in mind to stay safe while driving in slippery conditions.

Have Supplies in the Car

It is a good idea to have a winter emergency kit in the car throughout the winter period. This should include items such as:

  • Ice scraper
  • Snow shovel
  • Torch
  • Warm clothing
  • Water and snacks
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit

Check Your Car Over

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You should check your car over in advance of your trip so that you can be sure that it is in a good condition to drive over Christmas, including topping up fluids and checking the lights. Checking the condition of the tyres is essential and this will involve checking the tread depth is at least 3mm, checking the tyre pressure and examining each tyre for cracks, splits or bulges. Check your tyres carefully and consider replacements if they are not in the best condition.

Drive With Caution

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In terms of the drive itself, you need to take extra care, particularly if travelling in difficult conditions. This will include keeping your distance, accelerating and braking gently and keeping distractions to a minimum. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination so that you do not feel rushed.

If you will be on the road over the Christmas period, it is vital that you make safety a priority and take great care. The advice in this post should be useful and will hopefully help you to stay safe and feel confident when behind the wheel over the Christmas period so that you can arrive safely at your destination and enjoy the festive period.