A guide on safe driving around the Christmas holidays
During our dark and icy winters, particularly around Christmas, it’s important to remember to drive safely. With increased traffic and potential hazards, it’s crucial to remain alert whilst behind the wheel. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while driving around Christmas time.
First and foremost, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. This means checking your brakes, tires, lights, and signals before setting out on any trip. In addition, be sure to clear any snow or ice from your windows and mirrors to ensure that you have a clear view of the road.
It’s also a good idea to plan your route in advance, especially if you’re travelling to a new destination. This will help you avoid getting lost and reduce the chance of getting stuck in traffic. In addition, allow extra time for your trip so that you can take breaks as needed and avoid feeling rushed.
Expect the unexpected
While on the road, be sure to follow the speed limit and other relevant laws. This is especially important during the holiday season, when roads are often more crowded and unpredictable. Unfortunately, a small number of other road users may disregard laws and place everyone at risk. The number of instances of drunk drivers increases around Christmas and New Year. The PSNI do what they can to combat this, but you should not assume that this is enough to curb the issue. Always expect the unexpected.
You should never, ever, drink and drive.
If you’re driving in poor weather, be extra cautious. Slow down and increase your following distance to give yourself more time to react to any potential hazards. In addition, be sure to use your headlights and indicators, and be extra aware of other vehicles on the road.
Finally, remember to be patient and courteous to other drivers. Christmas is a busy time of year, and everyone is trying to get to their destination safely. If you see someone in need of assistance, consider getting into the Christmas spirit by pulling over to lend a helping hand, but only if it’s safe to do so.
Should an accident occur, it’s important to know how to react to it. If you don’t already know, read our article, what should I do after a road traffic accident?
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Have a safe and merry Christmas!
Driving safely around Christmas time is crucial to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely. By following these tips and remaining alert, you can help keep the roads safe for yourself and others during the holiday season. Happy travels!