This is a collaborative post.
‘I’m driving home for Christmas (dum, dum, dum), oh I can’t wait to see those faces…’
We’re having Christmas at our house this year but, as has become an annual tradition, we’ll be driving over to Humberside on Boxing Day to see my Dad’s side of the family and stay over at his house before returning home the next day.
It’s only about 2 hours in the car, weather permitting, but after trading in our new car and all of its mod-cons for an older family-friendly ‘bus’ I’m conscious about making sure the journey is as safe as possible when driving in the cold conditions. After my road traffic accident back in 2011, I can get pretty nervous about travelling as it is anyway!
Who knows, maybe we’ll even get some snow?
If you’re going to be travelling this Christmas please do have a quick read of my helpful tips to make your winter journeys as smooth as possible:
- De-ice or wipe the snow off every window in your car. According to The Highway Code, the law states that you must be able to see out of every glass panel on your vehicle so you need to make sure it’s gone and your visibility is clear.
- Make sure you also take the snow off your roof as it could quite easily fall down and block your vision or fly off and become a hazard to other motorists on the road.
- You’re more likely to be using your lights during the wintery months as the days are shorter and visibility is poorer in adverse weather conditions. Make sure you check them regularly to make sure that they’re working and replace any blown bulbs.
- To avoid accidents, make sure that your windscreen and mirrors are also de-misted and clear. Don’t whack the heather straight up on full heat, start off cold and slowly increase the temperature as the air dries out for a more effective way of clearing it away.
- If you have a newer car it might have a ‘winter’ mode which will optimise your vehicle’s settings for the poor weather. If not, make sure you keep your revs low and aim for a higher gear to reduce the chances of your wheels spinning.
- Think about the distance between you and the car in front. In wet conditions, you should double the normal distance and in snow and ice you need to keep even further away to avoid collisions.
- Try and keep a note of your insurance details in the car or on your phone for easy access if needed. If you need to renew your policy make sure you shop around for the cheapest car insurance deals.
- If you’re off on a long journey, it’s a good idea to plan your route beforehand and check alternatives should there be any flooding or closed roads.
- Again, for longer journeys make sure you’ve got some essentials in the car including a torch, blankets, first aid kit, hazard triangle, tyre weld/spare wheel, a gerry can, in-car phone chargers and food/drink. Other good ideas include a collapsible spade, snow chains and jump leads.
- Remember, if anything goes wrong and you end up breaking down make sure to safely get out of the vehicle on the passenger side and stay away from the road until help arrives.
I hope you all have a lovely time with your families this Christmas and stay tuned for lots of new videos and blog posts across the month to get you into the festive spirit!