It’s that time of year where it is all happening, rushing around to fit everything in. Christmas parties, family visits, drinks with friends to end the year.
With so much going on it’s important to remember to stay safe.
Before You Travel
Be prepared before you travel anywhere during the peak season. The number of vehicles on the road almost doubles so ensure you are well prepared for any issues that may arise. Have your car serviced, plan your trip for the safest route, drive with the conditions and be patient. Having roadside assist cover is always a good idea in the event of a breakdown. Being stuck on the side of the road in the heat with your party gear on is nobody’s idea of a good way to spend the holidays.
Get Some Rest
Whether you have a long drive or a big day of frequent visits planned it is vital to ensure you have enough sleep before taking to the road. During the holiday season driving is more risky, there are more people on the roads and everyone has somewhere to be, quickly. Get enough sleep the night before and leading up to a holiday trip. Exercise, meditation and drinking chamomile tea before bed can contribute to a good nights sleep. Avoid using the laptop, mobile device or watching the box before going to bed.
It is now illegal to use your phone when driving. Using your phone when driving is the number one distraction that causes accidents on the road. Utilise bluetooth if you have it in your car, or wait until you reach your destination before checking that message. Forgetting the milk would be far less inconvenient than a road accident.
Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving. They are better off apart. If you drink and drive you endanger yourself and every other driver on the road. If you are planning on drinking, organise a designated driver or an alternative method of transport. Leave the car in the garage and wake up in your own bed in the morning. Where you know there will be water and panadol readily available.
Make the most of enjoying this time of year and keep yourself, your family, friends and other drivers safe during this festive season.