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Christmas Holiday Safety Tips

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

With Christmas rapidly approaching many of us are gearing up for the holidays. If you’re planning a road trip or simply travelling during the holiday then it’s important to be careful. We’re all familiar with the increased death toll on the roads over Christmas, and with police taking a zero tolerance approach to bad drivers its important that you practice safe driving over the holiday. In order to ensure a safe trip we’ve put together a couple of tips to keep you safe on the road these holidays.

Perform A Check Before You Leave

Check your vehicle before you go on a road trip. Ensure that you to up oil, wiper fluid and radiator water. Make sure your tyres are in good condition with adequate tread. Fixing any problems before you leave will save you the stress of trying to find a mechanic on the road.

Beware of Traffic

Statistically the holidays are a busy time on the roads and with more vehicles comes more chance of an accident. Be aware that traffic will increase and make sure you maintain safe practices such as adequate distance between cars.

Double Demerit Points

Be aware that for much of the holidays double demerit penalties are imposed for drives caught breaking the law. Speeding is a huge problem and is always tempting on long road trips. The speed limit is there for a reason and it’s in your best interest to stick to it.

Alcohol is another problem over the holiday. While many of us love to celebrate with a drink its your responsibility to drink within the legal limit. With risk of double demerits I recommend no more than one drink for licensed drivers and none for provisional’s and learners.

Stop Revive Survive

The golden rule of road trips, stop, revive, survive is a smart and safe habit for holiday driving. Make sure that every 2 hours you pull over in a safe location and stretch your legs. Fatigue is a leading factor behind accidents and it’s essential to take a break regularly and reactivate your body.

In-car Entertainment

If you’re travelling with children then in-car entertainment can do wonders for a long trip. Impatient and fighting children can cause a severe strain on drivers. Having a DVD player in the back seat is a great way to get the kids focused on it so you can focus on the road.

Maintain Your Vehicle

On road maintenance is important and you should be well equipped to conduct basic maintenance before you leave on a road trip. Check regularly for drops in tyre pressure and any inconsistencies. The number one maintenance factor to remember is to ensure you always have a spare tyre available.

Have a Great Trip

Holiday road trips are great fun and an exciting way to spend a holiday. By practicing safe driving and maintaining your car your ensuring the holiday is perfect. From everyone at Coleman Happy Christmas and have a great trip!