ROAD safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists is advising motorists how to stay safe on their journeys this Christmas.
Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger, has prepared these top tips:
Prepare your vehicle – check tyre pressure, top up your washer fluid and make sure all your lights are working.
Plan your journey by checking the weather conditions both for where you’re travelling from, and your destination. Check updates on the radio during your journey, and take a map so you can re-route if you need to.
Share the driving on long journeys.
Take regular breaks.
Pack enough food, books and games to keep the kids occupied.
Let someone at home know when you plan to arrive.
Watch out for other road users and give them plenty of room and consideration.
In case the worst happens, ensure that you have plenty of fuel. Pack an emergency kit of spare clothes, a shovel, water and food, ice scraper, reflective jacket and fully charged mobile phone with your breakdown provider’s details programmed in. It is also a good idea to carry with you any regular medication you take – your journey may take longer than planned.
To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.
Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind – everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter. Check it out before you travel.