The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of Christmas celebrations, reunions with loved ones and plenty of travel. According to We Buy Any Car, the average Brit will celebrate Christmas in three different locations and spend eleven hours travelling in the car. So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready to discover how to make your Christmas journey as smooth as possible.
This article will provide top tips for driving at Christmas to ensure your safety and comfort take priority while on the road.
All I Want for Christmas is… a Vehicle That Gets From A To B
Make inspecting your vehicle a part of your essential holiday preparations. This simple task can reduce the risk of breakdowns or accidents during your travel. Following eight car maintenance tips ensures a stress-free journey, allowing you to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones with peace of mind. In addition, make sure your spare tyre is in good condition, and you have all the tools to create a swift tyre change safely.
Spread Holiday Cheer from Afar
The holiday season often brings challenging driving conditions like congested traffic, additional distractions and wet, icy, foggy weather, causing poor visibility and slippery roads. That is why a driving instructor stresses the importance of leaving plenty of distance between you and the car in front. It’s generally recommended to leave a following distance of at least 3 to 4 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Having time to react to sudden stops or emergencies reduces you from slamming on your breaks or the likelihood of rear-end collisions.
To prevent wheel lock caused by breaking hard on ice or snow, consider shifting to a lower gear and gradually reduce your speed by applying gentle pressure to the brake pedal. If you find yourself skidding slightly while in motion, release the accelerator gently to help stabilise the vehicle’s direction. This allows the tires to maintain better traction on slippery surfaces, reducing the likelihood of losing complete control.
Believe in the Magic of Prepping
As you hit the road during the festive season, ensure you have a prepared emergency bag tucked away in your car. Be ready for any weather and any incident that may occur by packing the following:
- Warm and waterproof clothing
- Phone chargers
- A torch and spare batteries
- First-aid kit
- Lasting food and water
- Tow Rope
- Jump Leads
- Snow shovel
Jingle Singles All the Way
Playing Christmas music creates a festive atmosphere, lifts spirits and adds a sense of joy to the festive trip. To avoid distraction, create a playlist in advance. Not sure what to play? Start by cranking up the holiday spirit with Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ Keep the festive vibes alive by following it up with everyone’s favourite, ‘Fairytale of New York’ and indulge in Michael Bublé’s Christmas combination of swing, jazz and pop. Then, sprinkle in some Wizzard, Band-Aid and a dash of Wham’s cheerfulness. Finally, bring the journey to a Mariah high and get ready to hit that high note in ‘All I Want for Christmas’.
May Your Road Trips be Merry and Bright
Playing verbal games in the car is a beautiful way for families to bond and keep spirits high during the long trip. Consider playing classic games like ‘I Spy’ and ‘The Yes! No! Game’ or ‘20 Questions’ to encourage critical thinking and laughter among your passengers.
For a touch of creativity, try storytelling games, where each family member takes turns adding to a festive holiday tale. Not only do these games help pass the time, but they also make the journey an essential part of the holiday celebration. As always, do it safely and avoid being distracted.