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Trusted Dealers would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas, and if you are out on the roads this festive season, do take care and follow our top safety tips below.
Don’t drink and drive: Always take a taxi home from Christmas parties if you’ve been drinking, even the smallest alcoholic drink can affect drivers in different ways so it’s best not to drink anything if you plan to get behind the wheel this Christmas. And if you had drinks the night before, you could still be over the limit the next morning so allow plenty of time before you get behind the wheel.
Belt up: Always wear a seatbelt, and if you get into someone’s else’s car, make sure they have suitable restraints in the back. Driving without a seatbelt on is a crime and the driver of the vehicle could be prosecuted.
Keep the kids safe: Make sure the children are safe this Christmas, check that they are using the correct car seats to suit their weight, age and height.
Plan your journey: If the weather looks bad, postpone your trip if possible to be sure you are not caught out in changing road conditions.
Slow down: Don’t drive too fast this Christmas. Its your responsibility to stay at a safe pace and allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front so you have plenty of room and time to stop if necessary.
Avoid fatigue: Do not get behind the wheel if you’re tired, your reactions will take longer and this could be hazardous on the road. If you’re embarking on a longer journey, make sure you take regular breaks to prevent fatigue or share the driving.
Make vital checks: Always make vital checks to your car before you set off. Check your oil is at the correct level, check you have enough screen wash, check your lights are in full working order, check your tyre tread and pressure.
Avoid distractions: Do not allow yourself to become distracted on Christmas journeys. Only make phone calls if they are vital to your journey and always use hands-free or Bluetooth devices. Don’t fiddle with the stereo and sat nav and if the children are playing up, make sure you have another adult on hand to manage them so you do not have to be involved and can focus on the road.