Tips on how to stay safe while driving this Christmas

Driving during the Christmas period can be a stressful affair. With people travelling to see family up and down the country, last-minute shoppers desperate to buy gifts plus the cold – and sometimes snowy – weather, it’s best to read our tips on how to stay safe while driving this Christmas to avoid any issues this December.

Plan ahead

If you’re making a particularly long journey, you’ll want to make sure you plan ahead. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a traffic jam on a cold, dark December night – especially if you’ve got kids with you!

Planning ahead means you can do your best to avoid potential delays, such as roadworks and busy periods like Friday evenings.

Top tip: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are best avoided if possible, and with Christmas Eve falling on a Friday this year Thursday 23rd would be a good one to miss too!

Winter car prep

The combination of busier roads potentially layered with rain, ice or snow, plus the general wear and tear of your car from throughout this year, mean roads and the condition of your car are far worse during winter.

To get prepared and ensure your car is ready for driving during winter, have a read of our tips on how to stay safe while driving this Christmas.

Getting a winter service and checking on your battery, fluids and tyres are just some of the key things to do – the sooner the better.

Rest up

Driver fatigue is an often un-thought of but dangerous condition, especially over Christmas. With more frequent long-distance journeys and a busy festive calendar, you can easily become much more tried and less alert than you think.

Before setting off, make sure you are well rested. We also recommend taking regularly naps or swapping drivers if the journey is particularly long.

Treat yourself to the ultimate Christmas present in the form of a new car!