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Driving Home for Christmas? Here are Cargiant’s Christmas Driving Tips

| In Motoring Advice

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and the majority of us will be planning the best way of travelling around the country to see family and friends over the festive period. In fact, a 2017 survey by ‘The Independent’ found that families travel an average of 302 miles over the Christmas period. The last Friday before Christmas Day, also known as Frantic Friday is expected to be the busiest on the UK roads. The Sun predicted that 19 million drivers hit the roads on Frantic Friday last year! In order to stay safe and to make the Christmas journeys as enjoyable as possible, we’ve put together a few essential Christmas driving tips.

 Plan you journey

The roads are always busier than normal during the Christmas getaway and congestion and traffic jams are inevitable, so you should give yourself extra time to make your journey. It is also worth checking for alternative routes which could avoid the slow-moving and stand still traffic.

Check your Vehicle

The Winter whether can be very unpredictable, with heavy rain, wind and even snow a prospect, so it’s imperative that you check the whether and are prepared for any eventualities. Make sure you check your lights are working correctly, windscreen wipers are clearing your windscreen fully and your antifreeze and oil are topped up to the correct levels. We’ve put together a more detailed guide of how to prepare your vehicle for the winter months, which you can read here.

Know your limits

Alcohol impairs your vision, slows your reaction times and causes fatigue, so it’s imperative that you watch your alcohol intake. The legal limit for the UK is 35micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. If prosecuted, you face a minimum one-year driving ban, unlimited fine and even a prison sentence.

Watch for fatigue

The Christmas period is a busy and exhausting time, so it’s essential that drivers get as much rest as possible to stay alert behind the wheel. If you feel tired whilst driving, stop at the nearest suitable location and take a break.

Remember to fill up

A lot of petrol stations close on Christmas Day, so make sure you fill up in time to make your journeys. All motorway services must remain open for fuel, food, hot drinks and parking 24 hours a day including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.