No one ever asks Santa for a nasty case of whiplash for Christmas, but unfortunately bad road traffic accidents can and do occur during the festive season – mostly because the roads are absolutely thick with drivers getting their shopping done. However, if you’re going to be one of those many motorists, you don’t need to become the next car accident claim waiting to happen as long as you follow a few top tips on playing it safe for Christmas.
keep calm and motor on
Things can get rather hot out there as the temperature drops and the days until Christmas dwindle down, as many motorists are driving distracted and exhausted due to too little sleep and too many errands to run. Reaction times are down, tempers are short, and the number of prangs seem to skyrocket every year at around this time, so you need to do your best to stay calm, cool, and collected whenever you slip behind the wheel during the festive season.
With the days getting much shorter and sunset occurring earlier and earlier every day up until just a few days before Christmas, road conditions are also to blame for the number of car accidents. Odds are you’re going to do much more nighttime driving than you were just a month or so ago, so make sure your vehicle’s headlamps are in good condition and try to get your errands done earlier in the day while the sun is still out and visibility is still high – and watch out for wildlife on the roads as well, especially around dusk.
let your fingers do the walking
Of course, the best way to avoid getting into an accident of any kind is to simply spend as little time as you can driving about during this time of year. When it comes to getting your Christmas shopping done, you may think that this could be quite the impossibility, but don’t forget that you can easily order things from online retailers and have them shipped right to your door, which can reduce your risk of getting into a particularly nasty prang by a significant amount.
Unless you work from the comfort of your own home or you use public transport to get to and from work, you’re already going to be spending a large amount of time in your car just so you can earn a living this month. However, you don’t have to drive yourself mad with time spent in the car if you don’t have to, and shopping online is an excellent way to avoid both possible car accidents and the madding crowds that are plaguing the nation’s shops – just leave yourself enough time to get your order by post if you plan on buying gifts in time for Christmas!
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