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Driving home for Christmas

   Driving home for Christmas

The RAC and traffic data company Inrix estimated about 31million “leisure" journeys would be made by car between December 17 and December 22.

With extra cars on the road and the potential for bad weather, the risk of being in a road accident increases in the days before the 25th.

To reduce your chances of having a nightmare on the road before Christmas, we have compiled a few safety tips to read before driving home:


Christmas is the season of parties, work outings and family get-togethers. Alcohol often plays a prominent role at these events and some people get carried away and overindulge. For this reason, there is a higher chance of encountering a drink-driver during the month of December than many other times of the year.

During December 2018, 4,761 people were caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, an average of 154 a day. Remember, if you get behind the wheel after a festive drinking session, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also other road users. Most of the victims of drink-driving are vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, or other sober motorists.

The only safe amount to drink before driving is none. If you are planning a Christmas night out and want to enjoy a few drinks, then it would be wise to book a taxi or look into ways to get home on public transport.

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It can be easy to over-fill the boot at Christmas with suitcases, presents or maybe even a Christmas tree. Be careful not to restrict the visibility out of your rear window – having a full, clear view of the road is vital for safe driving.


As the Chris Rea song goes, it is likely to be “top to toe in tailbacks” on some roads in the days before Christmas. It would be sensible to anticipate extra time being added on to journeys and also remember to take breaks every two hours to reduce tiredness.

Research indicates that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as a 20 per cent of road accidents and up to one quarter of serious and fatal collisions.

You can minimise your chances of being in a road accident by making sure you are fit to drive before setting off, getting a good night’s sleep and taking regular breaks. If you do need to stop on your journey, RoSPA recommends that you drink two cups of coffee and take a 15-minute nap.

Emergency supplies

If the best/worst should happen and it snows on or just before Christmas, then it is a good idea to be prepared for long delays, or in extreme circumstances to be trapped in your vehicle. To be on the safe side, it is important to have warm clothes, a working torch and a tow rope in your boot.

To be prepared for winter weather on the roads, see this list of items that RoSPA recommends carrying in your vehicle during winter.

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas!
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