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I heard we’re in for a cold Winter this year, although I think the media says that every year. However with most of us travelling over the festive period to visit family and friends, it’s really important that we make sure that our cars are in good working order. So with that in mind, and us travelling up and down the country to visit family, here are my top 5 road safety tips for you to follow this Winter.
- Make sure that your tyres are set to the correct pressure for the number of people and the amount luggage that you are carrying. It’s often the way that you will be carrying more than normal in your car during the festive period, so make sure that your tyres are correctly inflated to match that. You can usually find the tyre pressure guide in the car manual or on the petrol / diesel cap.
- Check that any car seats are correctly fitted to the car. Is the isofix base secure, or is the car seat firmly fitted with the car seat belt? Make sure that there is no room for the car seat to move around. This is especially important if you’re using different car seats to normal and driving other family member’s kids in the back of your car.
- We are all known to carry lots of luggage and presents around with us over the festivities, just make sure that it is secure in the car. If you need to place extra luggage on the back seat, check that it can’t roll around whilst you’re driving or topple onto a child. If in doubt you could consider purchasing a roof rack, or getting larger presents delivered to your destination in advance.
- Do you have enough fuel to reach your destination? Sounds silly, but it will save you having to stop enroute when your children could be sleeping, and instead allow you to focus on the drive. It could also save you money by not having to spend those extra pounds at service stations.
- Lastly make sure that your car is in good working order. If you know that you are going to be doing the miles this Christmas, check that its service is up to date. Are the brakes in good working order. Have you got enough water and de-icer to de-ice any frozen windscreens. Is the oil set at the correct level.
Most of these tips are really basic, and you can carry these out from your own driveway before setting off on your travels.
Are you travelling anywhere this Christmas, if so I hope you find this post useful?