If you’re heading home for Christmas, you may be wondering what you can do with all the freedom of the holiday! Why not think about getting behind the wheel? Driving and planning road trips can be a great way to catch up with friends and family over the festive period. Driving at Christmas isn’t all fun and games, however, and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the journeys ahead – because no one wants to break down at Christmas! Here are our top 7 tips to see you driving safely into the New Year.
Make a list… and check it twice!
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes
- Bottled water and energy bars
- Torch and spare batteries
- Phone charger
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
Fuel it up!
Re-charging your batteries
The cold weather means we’re all likely to use our car a little more – whether that’s putting the lights on earlier in the day, or running the heater for a longer period of time. All of these things can wear down your car battery – but there are a few ways to avoid a flat battery this Christmas.
- How old is it? Batteries often don’t last for longer than 5 years. Is it time yours in replaced?
- Test your battery regularly to see when it’s running low
Dreaming of a white Christmas
In the unlikely event that we’ll wake up on Christmas morning to fresh blankets of white snow, it’s worth remembering that driving in the snow isn’t the most magical part of Christmas, and can actually be quite dangerous. You can check out our top tips on driving in the snow and ice here, but try to remember these key points:
- If you feel like you’re starting to slide, steer into it
- Slow and steady throughout your whole journey
- Pull away in second gear to increase grip on the roads
- Brake gently. If you start to slide, take your foot off the brake completely
Time to de-ice
Because there is nothing more pleasant than walking out to a frozen windscreen early on a cold morning – make sure you follow these tips to de-ice your car and be ready to face the day!
- Never use boiling water – it can crack your windscreen
- Never use metal to scrape away the ice
- Clear all windows of ice (and mirrors!), and your roof of snow
Get your screenwash
Plan ahead of time
Remember: If the weather outside if particularly bad, make sure you ask yourself if the drive is worth the risk. If it isn’t? Stay at home and put on a Christmas film!
We’ve got plenty more driving tips over on our Winter Driving Guide – which will give you everything from prepping your car, to dealing with wind and rain. If you’re heading out on the roads this Christmas, remember to stay safe and drive with caution.
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