Christmas is a time for traditions and family and that usually means traveling over the festive period, a potentially stressful and hazardous task. By taking a few simple precautions, you can keep your family safe and get to spend this special time of year with those people who mean the most to you. Discover how to get around safely with our tips for traveling during the Christmas season.
- Plan journeys ahead of time and tell someone where you are going, especially if you are traveling on your own. A quick phone call when you arrive at your destination safely can put your loved ones’ minds at rest.
- If you are driving, it is a good idea to do a few basic checks on your car such as oil level, screen wash bottle and tyres. If you are not mechanically minded and want to get a professional opinion, ask your local garage to give the car a winter check before your journey.
- The weather can change quickly at this time of year, so packing a survival kit can really help you to travel safe. This should include jump leads, first-aid kit, torch, blanket, drinking water and snacks. Other winter essentials to keep in your car are an ice scraper and de-icer for everyday driving.
- Make sure ALL your insurances are up-to-date and the policy has the cover you need, especially if you are traveling abroad this Christmas. Double check that your breakdown cover and car insurance covers you in Europe and whether you have the right travel insurance for your Christmas break.
- Sat navs are a very handy gadget and not only help you reach where you want to go and safely, you can avoid getting lost or arguing over map reading!
- Everyone loves a Christmas party or a night out at this time of year. Make sure you stay safe avoid drinking & driving by keeping with friends and pre-book a minicab to get you home safely.
- Finally, don’t forget before leaving to secure your house by locking all doors and windows and setting the alarm if you have one. And perhaps keep your heating on low to avoid any frozen pipes. Get a friend or neighbour to pop in to collect mail and set lights on a timer to avoid any unwelcome visitors over the Christmas period while you are away.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you travel safe wherever you are heading.