Meet­ing up at Christ­mas

Accrington Observer - - WILDLIFE -

MOST of us travel at some stage over the fes­tive pe­riod, and shar­ing the road with what can feel like the en­tire pop­u­la­tion can be stress­ful.

This week’s tips from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man, gives some ad­vice.

TRY and avoid set­ting off at peak times.

And don’t for­get to check for weather or traf­fic-re­lated up­dates so you can al­low more time to travel.

IF you’re trav­el­ling a long dis­tance then take into con­sid­er­a­tion that the weather in one re­gion may not be the same as an­other.

So plan for the whole length of your jour­ney and take note of what the weather is like closer to your des­ti­na­tion.

BE­FORE you set off, make sure your friends and fam­ily know where you are go­ing and your ex­pected time of ar­rival.

Try to be as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble so they are not wor­ry­ing about you if you get a lit­tle late, and al­ways en­sure you have enough fuel, as some garages may be closed.

PACK­ING the car can leave you fraught.

Make a check­list of ev­ery­thing you need and try to en­sure there are no loose parcels that could turn into mis­siles in the event of hav­ing to brake in an emer­gency.

FAM­ILY pets pick up on the ex­cite­ment of Christ­mas.

Re­mem­ber they need seat­belts or a method of re­straint too.

Keep them away from where you pack the choco­late and mince pies as both are re­ally bad for dogs and you don’t want to start Christ­mas with a large vet bill.

Take a look at our tips for driv­ing with pets on our web­site.

MAKE sure you take reg­u­lar rest breaks

But avoid leav­ing valu­able gifts on show by lock­ing them away out of sight in the boot.

IF you’re too tired to drive, then de­lay your jour­ney.

And if you be­gin to feel tired on your jour­ney, then take a rest break.

A cof­fee and a 20 minute stop are the bare min­i­mum to help you stay alert.

In any case, your jour­ney should be planned with breaks ev­ery two hours.

IF you were drink­ing into the early hours, then make sure you are not over the limit ‘the morn­ing after’.

You need at least one hour to re­move each unit of al­co­hol from your body.

Don’t risk it!

Richard said: “Care­ful plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion can en­sure your drive is a safe and smooth one.

“So long as you give your­self ex­tra time at this busy time of year, your jour­ney home doesn’t need to be ar­du­ous.

“We all look for­ward to spend­ing the fes­tive sea­son with loved ones so let’s all do our bit to make it a safe one for the road.

“From all here at IAM Road­S­mart, here’s wish­ing you and yours a very Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.”

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