How To Navigate Christmas Without A Flying Sleigh

19 Dec 2017

Yuletide travel combines a whole host of hardships and dangers, making Father Christmas glad he stays airborne with his magic reindeer. Sadly, that’s not an option for the rest of us, so here’s some advice on how to navigate the festive roads safely.

Fatigue

Santa may have to travel the globe in one night, but even he takes regular stops for refreshments. If you are making a long journey, have a rest break at least every 2 hours. We strongly advise that you have a coffee rather than a sherry though.

Stress

It’s a hectic time of year and stress levels can be high. Busy roads and poor weather can really add to that. Be aware if you have a lot on your mind when you get behind the wheel. You need to be able to stay calm and give the road your full attention. If you feel distracted or stressed, pull over and take a moment to regain your composure. At least you don’t have to buy, wrap and deliver gifts to every child in the world!

Drink

All those sherries must mean Father Christmas has a magical constitution. For us mere mortals, drink-driving is a real danger. If you know you need to drive, don’t drink at all. If you’ve been to a party, be mindful of the morning after, as you could well still be over the limit.

Loading Your Vehicle

Poorly secured loads are a real hazard. Know how to pack your car safely, making everything is secure, that you have good visibility, and that your passengers are safe from shifting items. Santa can fit all his gifts into one sack, but you may need to be a little more ingenious. Stow heavy items at the bottom, use soft items to pad out gaps and put smaller items together in a larger container to keep everything secure.

Vehicle Handling

A loaded vehicle full of passengers and gifts will handle very differently to normal. If you add in wet or icy roads, this can be lethal. Make sure your tyres are at the right pressure for the load, and drive more cautiously. Saint Nick is used to driving with a heavy load, but your cornering and stopping distances won’t be what you’d normally expect. 

From everyone at Somerset Road Safety, we hope you have a safe and stress-free season on the roads, and from Saint Nicholas: 

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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