Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Driving Home For Christmas

road
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

2:34pm 24th December 2014

Cornwall braces for the Christmas getaway.

Drivers are being urged to take care on the trip to see family and friends.

Trains are expected to be packed too, with engineering work in some areas.

The IAM’s chief examiner, Peter Rodger is offering winter advice to riders and drivers.

As we plan our journeys home for Christmas, Peter is advising us on driving on the motorway in the dark to ensure our Christmas journeys home are as safe as possible.

He has these top tips:

1. Plan your journey ahead and have at least one break every two hours. If possible, share the driving. Make sure you have enough fuel and don’t be tempted to run with a low tank. Some 17,000 people a year break down on the motorway because they run out of fuel, and most fatalities on a motorway involve a stationary vehicle.

2. Use the air conditioning and heating system to keep the temperature comfortable, the air fresh, and the windows from steaming up. If you are in an unfamiliar car make sure you know how to adjust them before you start a journey.

3. There may be some unlit stretches of motorway. It might sound obvious, but make sure both your headlights are working and are correctly adjusted, and your windows clean inside and out.

4. If you are too tired don’t drive, it’s that simple. Likewise, don’t drink if you are driving later – and if you are travelling into Scotland, remember the lower drink-drive limit.

5. When in traffic, don’t just watch the car in front of you. Try and look further up the queue so you have a better idea of what is going on in plenty of time – it makes the journey less stressful as well as safer.

6. If you break down, pull on to the hard shoulder. Call your emergency breakdown provider for help and wait outside of your car, ideally behind the crash barrier. Switch your hazard lights on.

7. Keep an eye on what the weather is doing so that you can adjust your driving to match any changes it makes – especially if the temperature is dropping. If your car has an outside temperature display on the dashboard, take a periodic look at it, and start to increase your following distance if it gets down towards freezing.

Rodger said, "Planning and ensuring you have good all year round visibility is the key to making your Christmas journey as smooth as possible. You can make your life easier by not rushing or being pressured by others to go faster than you are comfortable with.

"Drive within your limits and those of your car, and it is a sure recipe to a happy and stress-free yule tide journey. And a Merry Christmas from the IAM, wherever your journey takes you."

2:34pm 24th December 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
storm doris map 1

UPDATE: Storm Doris Hits Drive To Work

Gales up to 70mph batter Cornwall

seagull

WATCH: Cornwall Urged To 'Seagull Proof' Homes

Officials dish out advice on the bird problem

Most read
whiterock road wadebridge

Woman Dies In House Fire

'Brave' neighbour attempted to rescue her in Wadebridge

starlings 2

WATCH: The Weird Moment Thousands Of Birds Descend On A Cornish Village

It looks like something out of a horror film - but locals were horrified by the mess it left...

Top articles

Cornwall Man Accused Of Child Murder

Cornwall News: Matthew Scully-Hicks denies killing adoptive daughter

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Foo Fighters to headline at Glastonbury 2017

National News: The Foo Fighters have been announced as headliners for Glastonbury Festival 2017.

VIDEO: Cats Die From 'Anti-Freeze Poisoning'

Cornwall News: Vets warn others are missing in Camborne and Redruth

Foo Fighters to headline at Glastonbury 2017

Showbiz News: The Foo Fighters have been announced as headliners for Glastonbury Festival 2017.

French prosecutors launch judicial inquiry into Francois Fillon 'fake jobs' claims

World News: French prosecutors have opened a judicial inquiry into claims Francois Fillon gave his wife a "fake job".

Seven sports fail to reverse Tokyo 2020 funding cuts

Sports News: Seven sports that lost all public funding ahead of Tokyo 2020 have had their appeals to UK Sport rejected.

Men and women 'need different things' to keep friendships alive

Strange News: Your ability to keep long-distance friendships alive may depend on your gender, according to a new study.

Newer article

VIDEO: Track Santa

Cornwall News: Follow Father Christmas as he delivers presents across the world

Older article

VIDEO: Cornwall News Headlines - 24th December 2014

Cornwall News: The Cornish Crew of RFA Argus send video messages home to Cornwall, as they face Christmas in the ebola zone. Find out more, and watch the rest of today's top headlines from the Cornwall Newscentre with Tristan Hunkin.

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.