Driving Home For Christmas?

Thu 24th Dec 2020

It’s been a strange old year, the pandemic enforced lockdown’s has meant fewer cars on the road, less accidents and a drop in emissions - but there has been one negative, more speeding.

The clear roads have meant those who are in their car have obviously been tempted to put their pedal to the metal and break speed limits. But as we approach chillier temperatures and the prospect of having to drive to friends and family, one of the UK’s biggest road safety organisations has put together some tips for keeping safe on the roads.

GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: “Christmas 2020 is going to be very different from the norm. However, ensuring you and your family are safe on the roads is even more important this year.

“That’s why we are urging anyone who expects to be on the road this Christmas – even for the shortest of road journeys – to ensure they don’t take any risks by speeding or driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

“Make the best of a strange and no doubt restricted Christmas holiday, but above all keep safe on your road journeys.”

It’s important to also remember that we don’t want to put additional pressure on the NHS by being involved in an accident this Christmas, therefore these simple tips are best to be remembered.

1. Keep your speeds legal and safe to reduce the risk of a collision.

2. Do not drink and drive.

3. Always wear a seatbelt, because it’s the best way to save your life in the event of a crash.

4. Make sure children are properly seated and wearing a seatbelt, and if you’re out walking, make sure their clothing is highly visible to drivers.

5. Don’t drive tired – it slows your reaction times and dozing off behind the wheel can be fatal.

6. Don’t drive if using medication that can cause drowsiness.